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Stephen Downes

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I'm totally on board with what Alfie Kohn is saying here. The overview (quoted):

  • some people take an extreme, reductionist view of what qualifies as data.
  • what exactly is meant by "effective"?
  • evidence of an "on-balance" effect for a given intervention doesn't allow us to claim that it's a sure bet for all kids.
  • what's sold to us as "evidence based" can sometimes do more harm than good.
  • the term evidence-based sometimes functions not as a meaningful modifier but just as a slogan
  • these words are almost always used to defend traditionalist practices such as direct instruction and control-based interventions

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