[Irtalk] To truly learn what works, we must try, try again - news - TES

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 12:31:18 SAST 2015

Education research is unable to pinpoint the best classroom methods and
interventions because it fails to repeat, build on and consolidate previous
findings, academics have suggested.

A study has highlighted the fact that only 0.13 per cent of articles in the
entire publication history of the top 100 education journals were
replication studies testing the outcomes of previous research.

This contrasts starkly with fields such as health care and agriculture,
where repetition of trials is seen as an intrinsic part of innovation,
according to an article published in the journal Educational Researcher.

*Sally Thomas, a professor of education at the University of Bristol,
agrees that replication is vital.*

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