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How can educators make sense of the complexities of research?

Making Sense of Research brings together the best of two worlds—the “real” world where education is practiced daily and the “ivory tower” world where research is ongoing. The authors have written this book for practitioners at all levels, from teachers making site-specific decisions such as allocating time, to administrators making schoolwide and policy decisions such as reducing class size. They outline and explain how quality research can inform, enlighten, and provide direction to educators that will save time and money, as well as make schools more effective and increase opportunities for students.

Educators are increasingly accountable for the outcome of their efforts. This vital resource will assist them in assessing the validity of research claims by leading the reader through a revealing examination of five critical questions:

Does it work? (the causal question); How does it work? (the process question); Is it worthwhile? (the cost question); Will it work for me? (the usability question); Is it working for me? (the evaluation question)

Making Sense of Research will change the way you read and think about research, and thereby help you enhance school improvement, sustain your vision of quality education, attain your mission, and ultimately increase student achievement.

The Causal Question: Does It Work? (Part II)
The causal question: Does it work? (Part II)

If there is one thing that educators “know” for certain, it is that reading a lot makes one a better reader. There are programs that motivate students to read more at an appropriate level of difficulty and with accountability, like Reading Counts (Scholastic, 2002) and Accelerated Reader (Advantage Learning Systems, n.d.). There are books that show teachers how to develop SSR (sustained silent reading) programs in their classrooms (Pilgreen, 2000), and there are hundreds of principals around the country who have kissed pigs, eaten worms, and shaved their heads, all in the name of motivating their students to read more.

At first glance, the research appears to bolster our intuition. Results ...

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