Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Topic: A Critical View of English Education Research

10-second review: Be careful when looking for definitive answers in professional English education research.

Title: “From the Editor.” Sandra Stotsky, Editor. Research in the Teaching of English (February 1993), 5-6. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Quote: Too many people believe that research has definitive answers to questions. “Too many educators seem to believe that a single piece of research, or even a small group of studies, can provide definitive answers to complicated questions about the classroom, the curriculum, or educational policy.

Quote: Writing researchers should be quite modest about their achievements. “As Alan Purves remarked in hi reflective essay on writing assessment in the January 1992 issue [of this journal], writing researchers have much to be modest about with respect to their claims about the findings of writing research and assessment.”

Comment. Moral: If the speaker or writer says, “Research says…,” get up and run away as fast as you can or put on your critical thinking mentality. RayS.

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