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Stephen Downes

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Some realism: "There are no panaceas in higher education: interventions seldom work everywhere and for everyone." Because of this, according to this editorial, there is a need to shift from 'black box' modes of evaluation, also known as 'realist evaluation'. The authors write, "Realist evaluation emerged largely as a reaction to the traditional approach to evaluating interventions, using an experimental or quasi-experimental design. Rather than focusing on the question 'does it work?', realist evaluation is more theory-oriented and pivots around questions such as "how or why does it work, for whom, and in what circumstances?" This is the frame they set for a special issue of Education Sciences on evaluating flipped classrooms.

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