Best Evidence Encyclopaedia

Various authors, Website, Oct 14, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The problem with adopting an 'edvidence-based policy' in ediucation is that nobody agrees on what the evidence is (much less about what it means). At a meeting today I heard someone seriously proposing to compare learning systems by having students take test and see which learning system 'won'. Really? That's evidence? So anyhow, Seb Schmoller points to this Best Evidence Encyclopedia, "a free website maintained by the Institute for Effective Education (IEE)." The criteria for inclusion suggest a very specific theory about evidence and methodology, one requiring "quantitative summaries of evidence on the effectiveness of programmes or practices used with primary and secondary school-age pupils, focusing on achievement outcomes." If your view of education is one where you force-feed students knowledge like it were chicken, well, then this may appeal. It doesn't to me.
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