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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