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Stephen Downes

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For a discipline that's so often unscientific, education generates a lot of data. This article provides a UK-focused overview of the surveys out there and the data they collect. It also offers a good handful of buyer beware: "Surveys in regulation, and indeed surveys in the wider policy debate, need to be caveated heavily - often we don't get that in anything other than technical documents read by few and understood by fewer." I would add as well that a survey is often as much a lobbying instrument as it is a tool for gathering data, as the implication is that if something is measured, it matters.

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