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Les Mclean's critique

Posted By: DONALD ORLICH on April 2, 2001
Les: Very interesting critique of "Troubling. . . Ed Research." Do re-examine the paper that I published in the EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER, July-August 1979, Vol. 8 No.7, Titled "Federal Educational Policy: The Paradox of Innovation and Centralization." While my theme is not ed research, per se, I provide some convincing evidence that few studies have been replicated. In the same vein, see Eric Hanusheck's very recent Hoover Institution release and is also printed in the April 2, 2001 issue of The New Republic.

My greatest fear is not sloppy educational research, but the lack of large scale, carefully controlled projects similar to Project STAR in Tennessee. Policy makers jump on any clever sounding educational fad that touts "research-based." Recall the Madeline Hunter "ITIP" fad that swept the USA!
Donald C. Orlich
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