Date: Oct 19, 2012 5:59 PM
Author: Richard Hake
Subject: Is "Education Research" "Scientific Research" ? YES!"

Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent post "Is 
'Education Research' 'Scientific Research' ? YES!" [Hake (2012)].
The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: GS Chandy at <> wrote (liberally
paraphrasing and drastically condensing); "Judging from his posts on
the over 40-post Math-Teach thread 'Jo Boaler reveals attacks by
Milgram and Bishop' at <>, Robert Hansen is wrong
in his claim that 'Education Research' is not 'Scientific Research.' "

To which Hansen at <> responded with the
following statement (paraphrasing) of which the 2nd and 3rd sentences
are blatantly false (as I indicate in this post): "In scientific
research, conclusions are tested repeatedly by many different
researchers. In educational research, they are not. One does a study,
claims success, publishes it and that is the end of it."

The National Academies' "Scientific Research in Education" at
<> suggests six guiding principles that underlie
all scientific inquiry, including education research: (1) Pose
Significant Questions That Can Be Investigated Empirically, (2) Link
Research to Relevant Theory, (3) Use Methods That Permit Direct
Investigation of the Question, (4) Provide a Coherent and Explicit
Chain of Reasoning, (5) Replicate and Generalize Across Studies, and
(6) Disclose Research to Encourage Professional Scrutiny and Critique.

In my opinion Jo Boaler's research - see the material at
<> & <> and Boaler & Staples
(2008) at <> - satisfies all the above criteria,
whereas the unpublished, undated, and referenceless denunciation of
Boaler's research by Bishop, Clopton, & Milgram at
<> does not.

To access the complete 12 kB post please click on <>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <> and accessed on
19 Oct 2012.]

Hake, R.R. 2012. "Is 'Education Research' 'Scientific Research' ?
YES!" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <>.
Post of 19 Oct 2012 13:11:11-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The
abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to
several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<> with a provision for comments.