I was greeted on my return with news of Junhong Xiao's resignation from the board of Distance Education based on that journal's pre-emptive desk rejection of this paper questioning research methodology in the field. The authors address an issue that has been on my mind for a number of years now (readers from 2003 will remember my response to Charles Ungerleider's take on the same issue) and while I would not endorse alignment with the Campbell Collaboration I certainly think research in the field of education needs a rethink, especially in light of things like the replication crisis in the social sciences, which was discussed here as recently as 2020. Disclosure: I have collaborated with Junhong Xiao on numerous articles published in Distance Education in China. Related: John Danaher, Why do academic publications lack rigour? Taylor on the problem of woozles.
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