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

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ABSTRACT: GS Chandy at <http://bit.ly/PfqJqt> 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 <http://bit.ly/Ty9tbf>, Robert Hansen is wrong in his claim that 'Education Research' is not 'Scientific Research.' "

To which Hansen at <http://bit.ly/RHESbF> 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 <http://bit.ly/VjrQaV> 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 <http://bit.ly/R6XsuP> & <http://joboaler.com/> and Boaler & Staples (2008) at <http://bit.ly/R8FGsG> -  satisfies all the above criteria, whereas the unpublished, undated, and referenceless denunciation of Boaler's research by Bishop, Clopton, & Milgram at <http://tinyurl.com/czsa4c> does not.
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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Hake, R.R. 2012. "Is 'Education Research'  'Scientific Research' ? YES!" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/Vdj88z>. 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 <http://bit.ly/OPmCjt> with a provision for comments.