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Educational Research

Using Research as Part of Teaching

Peter Cipparone | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

While here in Australia, I've been reading Jack Schneider's From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Educa...

Seeking Jewels, Not Boulders: Learning to Value Small, Well-Justified Effect Sizes

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Photo from the Smithsonian Institution One of the most popular exhibits in the Smithsonian Museum of ...

The Wonderful Reputation of Educational Research

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Back in 1993, Carl Kaestle memorably wrote about the "awful reputation of educational research." At the time, he was right. But that was 23 years ag...

Is All That Glitters Gold-Standard?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In the world of experimental design, studies in which students, classes, or schools are assigned at random to experimental or control treatments (rand...

Educationists and Economists

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.24.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I used to work part time in England, and I've traveled around the world a good bit speaking about evidence-based reform in education and related topic...

What Is a Large Effect Size?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.10.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Ever since Gene Glass popularized the effect size in the 1970s, readers of research have wanted to know how large an effect size has to be in order to...

Strong Evidence Meets Local Control

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

At the political level, the burgeoning evidence movement in education is running smack dab into a growing focus on state and local control of educatio...

Love and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Valentine's Day is this Sunday. If you are spending it thinking about effect sizes or research designs or education policy, shame on you. Unless, of course, that sort of thing turns you on.

The Critical Need to Sustain Pre-K Gains by Closing the Educational Chasm

Frank Islam | Posted 10.26.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

Evidence shows unequivocally that pre-K gives children from poor families an "early advantage." The critical question for our time must be how to make that advantage sustainable.

Evidence-Based Reform Is Irreversible

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

For a long time, education has paid little attention to evidence. There are still far too few researchers, educators and policy-makers involved in the evidence movement.

Experiments: Why Bigger is Better

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.24.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Small studies are fine in a process of development. However, we need to see it repeated in multiple experiments or in studies with many students. Big experiments are expensive and difficult, but if we're serious about evidence-based reform, we'd better go big or go home!

Early Childhood Education in the Balance

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.10.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Debate in early childhood education has largely shifted from the kindergarten to the pre-kindergarten. A lot of attention has been paid to the question, "Does Head Start work?"

Theory Is Not Enough

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.20.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Readers of this blog are aware that I am enthusiastic about the EDGAR definitions of "strong" and "moderate" evidence of effectiveness for educational programs. However, EDGAR also has two categories below "moderate."

R&D That Makes a Difference

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Over the course of my career, I've written a lot of proposals. I've also reviewed a lot, and mostly, I've seen many funded projects crash and burn, or produce a scholarly article or two that are never heard of again.

What Counts as Research?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.20.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

We can respectfully disagree about strategies and methodologies, of course, but a broader interest in the findings of educational research within the policy community seems sure to be beneficial to the research community.

Who Opposes Evidence-Based Reform?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.13.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Many teachers are uneasy about evidence, because they see it as one more way they may be oppressed by standardized tests, or that they may be forced to implement proven programs. I'm sympathetic to teachers' concerns in these arenas, but policies to allay these concerns are possible.

Happy Birthday, IDEA

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.06.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I hope we can take a moment to reflect on what that extraordinary act was supposed to achieve. It was not just intended to guarantee services to children with disabilities, not just to serve them in the least restrictive environment, not just to see that they had IEPs. The idea was to help children achieve the maximum degree of success they could achieve.

Innovation Nation

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.01.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

As we celebrate our nation's birthday, I thought I'd once again remind those few of you who, instead of having picnics, are reading blogs, how the U.S. came to be, and how innovation has been baked into its DNA since Day 1.

Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of all the Great Society programs, Head Start is perhaps the most popular. It provides center-based services to millions of very cute 3- and 4-year-olds, mostly children from disadvantaged families. If members of the public, educators, and policy makers know a single conclusion from educational research, it is that early-childhood programs have long-term positive impacts.

Research Debunks Common Standardized Test Taking Strategies

Alex Mallory | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Alex Mallory

Students' theories about standardized testing shortcuts are as numerous as they are incorrect, but they are usually easy to debunk with a little scrutiny.

Teaching Strategies That Work! (Just Don't Ask "Work to Do What?")

Alfie Kohn | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

There's long been evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of certain classroom management strategies, most of which require the teacher to exercise firm control. But how many interrupt the discussion to ask what is meant by "effectiveness"?