Education: realising the potential

Carol Fitz-Gibbon

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI:
Education: realising the potential

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Education should, on the face of it, offer similar opportunities for evidence to influence teaching as evidence has influenced healthcare. The educational career of children has been referred to as ‘15,000 hours of compulsory treatment’. However, this chapter shows that the relationship between research and education policy and practice has been fraught with disputes, often methodological or even philosophical in nature. It provides examples in which policy makers have responded to three major types of evidence: survey data, including, more recently, ‘performance indicators’; evaluation data arising from policy initiatives; and the findings from experiments. While research findings from diverse sources are brought to bear on education debates, robust evidence from rigorous experimental trials has largely been lacking.

Keywords: education policy; teaching; healthcare; education practice; survey data

Chapter.  7869 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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