Skip Class, Do Better

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Feb 26, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Again - when you conduct a study consisting only of 64 students in one classroom, you do not have a scientific result worth reporting, much less one that should be covered in New Scientist or the New York Times. And who is behind this study, iTunes? More bad work hidden behind a paywall. Am I missing something here? Have the foundations of statistics and inference shifted some time while I was sleeping? Do sample size and representativeness no longer matter? I honestly do not understand the dedication of what appears to be this entire field to method that to me is so transparently unsound. I wish someone would help me understand here.
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