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The Value of Experiments in Education

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  • Grover J. Whitehurst


    (Brookings Institution)

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    One of the major story lines of the growth of civilization is the advance of the experiment. From the food we eat to the diseases we conquer to our understanding of how we think and behave, we have profited enormously from an approach that marries our models of the world with tests of their validity through systematic variation to determine cause and effect. These same tools of thought and action are no less critical to the advance of education than to medicine, agriculture, psychology, or transportation. There has been impressive growth in the use of experimental methods in education over the past decade. As a result, much more is known today about what works and what does not. Future progress will be enhanced by research that better explicates process: linking trials to administrative data; serving the interest of local and state officials in examining the impact of their policies and practices; better preservice training for education practitioners in the logic and value of rigorous research; and more generous federal funding for the research enterprise. © 2012 Association for Education Finance and Policy

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Education Finance and Policy.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 107-123

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:7:y:2012:i:2:p:107-123
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