January 2008 Your Turn

Buyer beware” when it comes to evaluating education research; that’s what you said in response to November’s question. But you also said that good research is extremely helpful and, indeed, essential to your job.

“Education research based in proven best practices can help districts decide what curricular, instructional, or procedural changes may be best for their populations,” wrote Anna Bucy, an Ohio board member. “Finding good educational research is not hard, if the reader knows where to look. Much anecdotal research exists, which may seem great on the surface but has no long-term value. Educators should be wary of programs that seem too good to be true, claim to guarantee success, or are marketed aggressively.”

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