When Can You Trust the Experts?: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

When Can You Trust the Experts?: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

Jossey-Bass
9781118130278
1118130278
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Book Description

Clear, easy principles to spot what's nonsense and what'sreliable

Each year, teachers, administrators, and parents face a barrageof new education software, games, workbooks, and professionaldevelopment programs purporting to be "based on the latestresearch." While some of these products are rooted in solidscience, the research behind many others is grossly exaggerated.This new book, written by a top thought leader, helps everydayteachers, administrators, and family members—who don't haveyears of statistics courses under their belts—separate thewheat from the chaff and determine which new educational approachesare scientifically supported and worth adopting.

  • Author's first book, Why Don't Students Like School?,catapulted him to superstar status in the field of education
  • Willingham's work has been hailed as "brilliant analysis" byThe Wall Street Journal and "a triumph" by The WashingtonPost
  • Author blogs for The Washington Post and Brittanica.com,and writes a column for American Educator

In this insightful book, thought leader and bestselling authorDan Willingham offers an easy, reliable way to discern whichprograms are scientifically supported and which are the equivalentof "educational snake oil."