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What Counts as Credible Research?


by Annette Lareau & Pamela Barnhouse Walters — March 01, 2010

It is a critical moment in educational policy. The Obama administration has renewed emphasis on educational policy and No Child Left Behind is up for renewal. But in the current debate, there has not been sufficient discussion of a crucial piece of educational debates: what kinds of research should be considered to be acceptable? In recent years, randomized-controlled trials were elevated to the position as the “gold standard” for educational research. We believe this position to be highly problematic. As the debate about education begins to pick up speed, it is important to broaden the definition of legitimate educational research.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 01, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15915, Date Accessed: 9/17/2014 3:31:30 AM

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  • Annette Lareau
    University of Pennsylvania
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    ANNETTE LAREAU is the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. With Pamela Barnhouse Walters and Sherri Ranis, she recently published Education on Trial: Policy Reform and the Call for Scientific Rigor (Routledge).
  • Pamela Walters
    Indiana University
    PAMELA BARNHOUSE WALTERS is the Rudy Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. With Annette Lareau and Sherri Ranis, she recently published Education on Trial: Policy Reform and the Call for Scientific Rigor (Routledge).
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