Needed Change in Education Research
Tom Vander Ark’s recent blogpost on next generation research was spot-on. New research models need to be used in an unprecedented era of innovation. It takes a long time to arrange randomized trials and wait to publish them. These delays discourage the use of innovative methods and technologies. Short-cycle experiments can lead to faster results and provide actionable data for teachers. We should support teachers in the use of these new models. As Vander Ark put it:
“Traditional methodologies, including Randomized Controlled Trials, are useful for accurately identifying attributable effects of interventions in stable environments. Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply too much in this category. We’re in one big design phase — designing learning tools, experiences, and environments. That suggests short cycle directional research focused on improvement and innovation and conducted in conjunction with product development. I’ve suggested that helping teachers find and create their own short-cycle experiments could lead to improved efficacy.”
Have you implemented short-cycle experiments in your classrooms? Share your research design and results with us!
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