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View all studies - Access all research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations. Due to the number of studies included in the ECS Research Studies Database, it takes a while to open the link....

A Policymaker’s Primer on Education Research: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use It - This primer provides an overview of research methods and statistics. It is highly interactive, with flash animation and hot links to examples, additional discussions, pop-up definitions of technical terms and an education research glossary. It also features a flowchart and other tools to guide users through an assessment of research studies. There’s a special “Understanding Statistics Tutorial” and another tutorial on searching the ERIC database. For users who want an abbreviated version of the material in the Primer, there is an “Applied Quick Primer” keyed to the most basic sections. (Patricia A. Lauer, Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning and Education Commission of the States, February 2004)...

Facts Are More Important Than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences - Education research has focused heavily on experimental design and not on the merit of replicating important results. This study analyzed the publication history of the current top 100 education journals ranked by five-year impact factor and found that only 0.13% of education articles were replications. The majority of education replications replicated the original studies, but replications were significantly less likely to be successful when there was no overlap in authorship between the original and replicating articles, emphasizing the importance of third-party replications. (Matthew C. Makel and Jonathan Plucker, Educational Researcher, August 2014)...

Bringing New Prototypes into Practice: Dissemination, Implementation, and Facilitating Transformation - To underscore efforts to improve dissemination and implementation of good practices, the authors take examples from clinical psychology, public health and education to indicate a sampling of major organizations that intend to advance implementation research (See Exhibit1). They outline basic matters that warrant greater attention by implementation researchers, then differentiate direct implementation from facilitating implementation and differentiate implementation of a specific practice from efforts to transform institutions such as schools. (Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor, Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, January 2014) (Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA)...

Education Research: Further Improvements Needed to Ensure Relevance and Assess Dissemination Efforts: Full Report - An inquiry into the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) found IES slow to respond to stakeholders' needs. Further, IES doesn't have a structured process for incorporating stakeholder input into its research agenda. Among recommendations: Congress--consider granting Education authority to combine funds authorized for ESEA program evaluation, IES--use available data to manage peer review, develop a structured process to gather stakeholder input, develop performance measures that reflect all key agency activities, and assess dissemination strategies. (GAO Highlights, December 2013)...

Education Research: Further Improvements Needed to Ensure Relevance and Assess Dissemination Efforts: GAO Highlights - An inquiry into the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) found IES slow to respond to stakeholders' needs. Further, IES doesn't have a structured process for incorporating stakeholder input into its research agenda. Among recommendations: Congress--consider granting Education authority to combine funds authorized for ESEA program evaluation, IES--use available data to manage peer review, develop a structured process to gather stakeholder input, develop performance measures that reflect all key agency activities, and assess dissemination strategies. (GAO Highlights, December 2013)...

How State Education Agencies Acquire and Use Research in School Improvement Strategies - State education agencies (SEAs) in three states were examined to see how they searched for, selected and used research in their school improvement strategies. Researchers found SEA staff actively sought and were receptive to research and reached out to multiple internal and external research sources. Incorporating research into policy and practice was a social process in which SEA staff worked with each other, practitioners, and external partners to adapt research to their local context. (Margaret E. Goertz, Carol Barnes and Diane Massell, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, August 2013)...

Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice - The authors review research on achievement motivation, school engagement, and student voice and highlight what works. They conclude that fostering student voice—empowering youth to express their opinions and influence their educational experiences so that they feel they have a stake in the outcomes—is one of the most powerful tools schools have to increase learning. (Jobs for the Future, 2012)...

Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Read high-quality unbiased evaluations of education programs that have been reviewed by Johns Hopkins University Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education. These evaluations meet scientific standards and methodology and provide links to the full texts of each review....

Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide - This guide contains definitions of what constitutes "rigorous" evidence of effectiveness when it comes to evaluating the research track records of educational programs and practices. The guide also is a checklist to use when evaluating whether an educational intervention is supported by rigorous evidence. (U.S. Department of Education, January 2004)...

Making Research Matter More - The author explores the grounds for criticism of education research, its impact on policy and practice, and how impact “happens.” He proposes a three-part “model of impact” addressing the interrelationship of research production, research use, mediators (i.e., media, think tanks, etc.) and social contexts, and provides his assessment of research impact in education. His findings? Research is inadequate and often narrowly conceived. There is a limited capacity to use research among all stakeholders and inadequate linkages exist between the worlds of policy and practice. The paper identifies promising developments in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and provides specific recommendations for improving research production, use, and links between production and use. One recommendation: strengthen the connection between research and professional development in user organizations. (Ben Levin, Education Policy Analysis Archives, October 2004)...

The Logic and the Basic Principles of Scientific Based Research - Submitted Paper - As part of a U.S. Department of Education workshop, Michael Feuer and Lisa Towne summarized a study by the National Research Council's Committee on Scientific Principles in Education Research. The principles include, for example, posing significant questions that can be investigated empirically, linking research to theory, and replicating and generalizing. Feuer and Towne also comment on the special features that influence education research. (U.S. Department of Education, February 2002) ...

Scientifically Based Research – U.S. Department of Education - The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, calls for the use of "scientifically based research" as the foundation for many education programs and for classroom instruction. This site provides a transcript of the U.S. Department of Education seminar on scientifically based research and the quality of education research. (U.S. Department of Education, February 2002)...


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