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A shocking statistic about the quality of education research

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A research study about research studies comes up with a cautionary finding.


For more than a decade, school reformers have said that education policy should be driven by “research” and “data,” but there’s a big question about how much faith anyone should have in a great deal of education research. This is so not only because the samples are too small or because some research projects are funded by specific companies looking for specific results, but because in nearly all cases, it appears that nobody can be certain their results are completely accurate.


“I would love to believe that every single person doing education research around the world has ethics that are as pure as the driven snow,” Plucker said. “[But] the law of averages tells us there’s something out there.”



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 22, 2014 6:32 PM

The concept of replication has never made sense to me. We should be reproducing and reconstructing. Reproducing and reconstructing are not about identical. They are about checking more data against the original data collected. One can never replicate/duplicate the same situation so it is about similarities rather than exactness.

 

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 23, 2014 11:42 AM

This article is about the low value placed on replication studies. It does not call into question all education research! I'd like to see how this replication issue compares to other social sciences before dismissing all ed research! 

Dylan-oliver Sinclair's curator insight, August 24, 2014 10:48 PM

What information should be taught in schools and universities? This topic is suggesting marketing companies have influence over learning and teaching.

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EU needs UK more than we need them, finds report

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The EU is more dependent on Britain for its jobs than vice versa, a new report has found.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, September 23, 2:38 AM

These desperate attempts to talk up the UK's negotiating position and play down the impact of Brexit were probably to be expected as Theresa May frantically plays for time in the hope that something will turn up. But what happens when the veil is ripped away to reveal Empress Britannia in all her nakedness? What happens when the British political establishment can no longer conceal the impact of quitting the EU on the back of nothing more than the patently false prospectus offered by a bunch of third-rate snake-oil peddlers drunk on the deceitful power of glittering generalities and jingoistic hubris?

 

Or is the British political elite so sure of its ability to manipulate public perceptions that they genuinely don't anticipate any problem? Are they so sure of the media's unquestioning complicity they reckon they will easily enough be able to convince the headline-grazing sheeple that the punitive settlement imposed by the EU is actually a victory for 'The Great British State'?

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Using the I-LEARN model for information literacy instruction

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Using the I-LEARN model for information literacy instruction
Next discussion: Thursday 29th September at 8pm UK time (3pm EST)

Article: Greenwell, S. (2016). Using the I-LEARN model for information literacy instruction. Journal of Information Literacy, 10(1), 67–85. http://doi.org/10.11645/10.1.2045  ;

Thank you to Stacey Greenwell for her article and for writing this kick-off post for our discussion. 

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Building digital capability in the library | Jisc digital capability codesign challenge blog

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Last week I was in Dublin for the LILAC 2016 Conference. This international conference, is the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference. LILAC is organised by CILIP’s Information Literacy Group. The LILAC committee is made up of a team of information professionals from all aspects of library and information work who are dedicated to improving information literacy.

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PLN: Personal Learning Network

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All through my educational career people have told me the importance of networking. The time has come to finally start listening to all those teachers, friends, and advisers. One short year away from graduating I suppose I should be building up my address book. Personal learning networks are kind of new to me, I have…

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