The use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), most commonly a medical sciences research tool, is a hotly debated topic in Education. This book examines the controversial aspects of RCTs in Education and sets out the potential and pitfalls of the method. Drawing on their own extensive experience of running RCTs, the authors provide a thorough practical introduction to the use of randomised controlled trials in education. Using real data sets, chapters equip the reader with all of the key knowledge and skills required to design, run, analyse and report an RCT. Coverage includes: • Step-by-step guidance on analysing data • How to assess the reliability and validity of results • Advice on balancing the demands of various stakeholders Essential reading for postgraduate and more experienced researchers, as well as teachers and educationalists seeking to increase their knowledge and understanding of the use of such methods in education.



Imagine, for a moment, that you are a teacher and you hear about an exciting new approach that has been developed to enhance primary school children’s reading skills. The approach has been organised into a clear programme that runs for one school term and includes a range of specific tasks and activities to be undertaken with the children on a whole-class basis. From what you can see, the programme looks convincing and certainly reflects the types of approaches you feel are important and that you wish to develop further with your own children. One of the first questions you will ask as a teacher will be: is this new programme likely to be effective? In particular, and before you risk adopting it with your ...

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