Christian Bokhove

Beware: research facts aren’t always what they seem

Major research flaws often go unnoticed and are passed along until they become received wisdom, says Christian Bokhove, who points to the academic urban legend surrounding spinach

Teachers beware: research facts aren’t always what they seem

If, like me, you like to know the evidence for any claim made about education, research articles can be incredibly frustrating. Quite often, there is only a vague semblance of a breadcrumb trail back to the source – a link to a book on Amazon, perhaps, which is pretty much useless. Sometimes there is no trail at all. You can find yourself scrabbling around in the dirt trying to find out whether what someone is saying is actually true.

It’s worthwhile work, though. And there’s a very good example of why, from the scholar Ole Rekdal. For years, it was thought that spinach contained a lot of ...

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