Alex Quigley

Education research requires us to go beyond headlines

Evidence-based interventions in the classroom can work only if we are well-versed in the concepts – and can sniff out bullshit as a result, writes Alex Quigley

Sometimes research headlines aren't correct

Jonathan Swift reportedly wrote in 1710 that “falsehood flies and the truth comes limping after it”. So, well before the advent of fake news and clickbait, we were warned about the threat of being oversold by catchy headlines that gloss over the facts.

Research evidence in education is a prime example of an area where we need to exercise caution about the truth. Although it is tempting to rush to accept quick fixes and fads that promise to improve teaching, we need to take the time to dig a little deeper.

Yet, with so much research evidence going unread, it is understandable that the ...

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