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Bad science

Bad Science is Ben Goldacre’s blog for the Guardian. He “pulls apart” scientific articles from a statistical methodology perspective.

Watch his TED talk here.

Education is not immune from “evidence based” decision making issues. New Zealand Statistics teachers have a responsibility to educate not only their students, but also their colleagues about the impacts of education research and how it may be “spun”. Decisions on education affect us all. As a teaching profession we need to be educated and be aware of these issues to confidently inform the public about implications of decisions that may or may not be based on evidence.

If you have ever wondered about the effects of class size, read and share The Tennessee Study of Class Size in the Early School Grades Making the findings of this report common knowledge among educators gives perspective to the often cited Hattie’s Visible learning study.

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