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What Knowledge Users Want
What knowledge users want

For decades, advocates of education reforms have sprinkled the term “research-based” liberally throughout their articles and speeches. Whatever the other attractive features of a new approach, whether it be peer teaching or the use of mathematics manipulatives, saying that the approach is “based on research” seems to add appeal. Until recently, these claims about the research basis went unquestioned, both by those listening and by those making the claims. The recent No Child Left Behind legislation, however, has linked federal funding to being “research-based” and even provided criteria for applying that label. These events make it seem as though research is a key factor in the decisions of policymakers and practitioners alike.

Ironically, those who study the connection between ...

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