Can Edtech Support—and Even Save—Educational Research?

Jay Lynch, Nathan Martin, EdSurge, Jan 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Traditional educational research is (to my mind) often misleading or irrelevant. I am not alone in this assessment, as this article suggests. And while I'm quite properly sceptical about the research that may be offered up by a commercial enterprise (in this case, Pearson) I think the arguments in this post are sound, and in particular endorse this: "For research to meaningfully impact teaching and learning, it will need to expand beyond an emphasis on controlled intervention studies and prioritize the messy, real-life conditions facing teachers and students."

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