[RUME] Is "Education Research" "Scientific Research" ? YES!"

Richard Hake rrhake at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 19 18:00:00 EDT 2012

Some subscribers to RUME might be interested in a recent post "Is 
'Education Research'  'Scientific Research' ? YES!" [Hake (2012)]. 
The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: GS Chandy at <http://bit.ly/PfqJqt> wrote (liberally 
paraphrasing and drastically condensing); "Judging from his posts on 
the over 40-post Math-Teach thread 'Jo Boaler reveals attacks by 
Milgram and Bishop' at <http://bit.ly/Ty9tbf>, Robert Hansen is wrong 
in his claim that 'Education Research' is not 'Scientific Research.' "

To which Hansen at <http://bit.ly/RHESbF> responded with the 
following statement (paraphrasing) of which the 2nd and 3rd sentences 
are blatantly false (as I indicate in this post): "In scientific 
research, conclusions are tested repeatedly by many different 
researchers. In educational research, they are not. One does a study, 
claims success, publishes it and that is the end of it."

The National Academies' "Scientific Research in Education" at 
<http://bit.ly/VjrQaV> suggests six guiding principles that underlie 
all scientific inquiry, including education research: (1) Pose 
Significant Questions That Can Be Investigated Empirically, (2) Link 
Research to Relevant Theory, (3) Use Methods That Permit Direct 
Investigation of the Question, (4) Provide a Coherent and Explicit 
Chain of Reasoning, (5) Replicate and Generalize Across Studies, and 
(6) Disclose Research to Encourage Professional Scrutiny and Critique.

In my opinion Jo Boaler's research - see the material at 
<http://bit.ly/R6XsuP> & <http://joboaler.com/> and Boaler & Staples 
(2008) at <http://bit.ly/R8FGsG> -  satisfies all the above criteria, 
whereas the unpublished, undated, and referenceless denunciation of 
Boaler's research by Bishop, Clopton, & Milgram at 
<http://tinyurl.com/czsa4c> does not.

To access the complete 12 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/Vdj88z>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 
19 Oct 2012.]

Hake, R.R. 2012. "Is 'Education Research'  'Scientific Research' ? 
YES!" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/Vdj88z>. 
Post of 19 Oct 2012 13:11:11-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The 
abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to 
several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at 
<http://bit.ly/OPmCjt> with a provision for comments.

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