On Jan 15, 2013, at 3:38 PM, Louis Talman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Real scientists know the difference between the words "experiment" and "experience", and they do not suggest that it is possible to substitute the latter for the former.
Yeah, that is a misconception I am dealing with elsewhere as well. It is thought that "science" equates to "experiment" (I think because of the way science fairs are conducted), but science also equates to deduction, reason, and keen observation. Especially when the science is new. For example, a real scientist, like myself, when asked "What works better in education?" knows that the first and foremost thing to do is to define the meaning of "better".
Education researchers follow a very different strategy. They refute the notion of "better" as part of their hypothesis, do an experiment, and then tell us what is "better", because they did "science".