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A Grand Educational Experiment in Reading Instruction: Toward Methodology for Building the Capacity of Pre-Collegiate Schooling


by Dick Schutz — January 24, 2012

Context: The results of 14 very-large-scale Randomized Control Experiments calls into question the utility of the methodology for building the capacity of pre-collegiate schooling.

Purpose: To sketch the workings of Planned Variation methodology as an alternative and to call attention to a Natural Experiment currently in progress involving reading instruction in the UK and the US.

Conclusions: (1) Planned Variation methodology offers considerable promise for improving pre-collegiate schooling capacity. (2) The Grand Experiment warrants careful consideration as its operations unfold.



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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 24, 2012
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16667, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:43:00 PM

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  • Dick Schutz
    3RsPlus, Inc.
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    DICK SCHUTZ is President of 3RsPlus, Inc. a firm conducting R&D and constructing educational products. He was formerly Professor of Educational Psychology at Arizona State University and Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. He has served as the founding editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement, the founding journal editor of the Educational Researcher, and editor of the American Educational Research Journal. His recent technical papers can be accessed from the Social Science Research Network http://ssrn.com/author=1199505
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