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Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

The idea that professional practices such as education should be based on or be informed by research evidence has, over the past two decades, become influential in policy, practice, and research in many countries around the world. The aim of this entry is to clarify what the idea of evidence-based policy and practice entails, to trace its rise in the field of education, and to discuss a number of critical issues that have been raised in the literature.

The Idea of Evidence-Based Education

The suggestion that education should become an evidence-based profession emerged in the 1990s. In part, it resulted from concerns about the quality and significance of educational research, where it was argued that such research was not generating useful knowledge. It also arose out of ...

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