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Written by ANDREW EALES
I recently came across an article by Elizabeth Gilbert of the University of West Virginia and Nina Strohminger of Yale University presenting their findings that only a third of published psychology research is reliable.
Another article confirms that in the field of biomedicine less than 50% of research proves reliable when the “reproducibility factor” is applied. And astonishingly, we read elsewhere that “just 11% of preclinical cancer research studies could be confirmed”.
We might well speculate as to why such a body of inaccurate “research” is being published. And let’s be clear that it is academics themselves who are drawing attention to the problem, and expressing frustration.
And if research in medicine and psychology are this unreliable, shouldn’t we equally be concerned about the research that informs educational theories and methods?Continue reading Can we really trust educational research?