Should We Trust “What the Research Says”? How to Evaluate Research Claims
Education policies and practices are often justified by saying “the research says”. The goal of this session is to help the audience become familiar with different ways of assessing research claims. We’ll discuss 1) examples of research claims commonly seen in professional development settings, 2) what makes these claims suspect, and 3) what to look for when evaluating other studies.
Cara has experience conducting research and evaluation in a variety of nonprofit and school district settings and teaching research methods to graduate students. She received her doctorate in education policy at the University of Maryland in 2014. Prior to her graduate work, Cara taught in New York City and was a senior analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
New York 2017
What Works? Tools for Assessing Effectiveness in Education
Education policies and practices are often justified by saying “the research shows” an approach to be effective. The goal of this session is to help the audience become familiar with different ways of assessing and applying research so they are better equipped to make instructional decisions. We’ll discuss 1) ways we “know” if particular teaching strategies or instructional interventions work, 2) resources for finding high-quality research that address areas of interest to the audience, and 3) how to assess whether strategies or interventions are working in different settings.