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Huw T.O. Davies, Sandra M. Nutley, and Peter C. Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341914

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.001.0001

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Education: realising the potential

Education: realising the potential

(p.68) (p.69) Four Education: realising the potential
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Carol Fitz-Gibbon

Policy Press

Education should, on the face of it, offer similar opportunities for evidence to influence teaching as evidence has influenced healthcare. The educational career of children has been referred to as ‘15,000 hours of compulsory treatment’. However, this chapter shows that the relationship between research and education policy and practice has been fraught with disputes, often methodological or even philosophical in nature. It provides examples in which policy makers have responded to three major types of evidence: survey data, including, more recently, ‘performance indicators’; evaluation data arising from policy initiatives; and the findings from experiments. While research findings from diverse sources are brought to bear on education debates, robust evidence from rigorous experimental trials has largely been lacking.

Keywords:   education policy, teaching, healthcare, education practice, survey data

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