The Value of Research in Education
by Edward L. Thorndike — 1931
I SHALL not take the reader's time with evidence that research has been of value in education. Probably no well-informed student of education has any doubt on the matter. If he has, a comparison of recent books about education with those of twenty or forty years ago, or of present instruments of instruction with the textbooks of twenty or forty years ago, should remove his doubts. The extension of scientific investigation to philanthropic work, business, education, and other fields of human engineering, though very recent and scanty in facilities and personnel, has demonstrated its effectiveness. I address myself to the more profitable task of suggesting ways in which it may be of greater value.
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