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Issues in Public Education: Research and Analysis


There is a great deal of research and policy analysis available on public education issues.  The problem, however, is that almost all of it is produced by people and organizations who are a part of the education industry.  Published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "Buyers and Sellers of Educational Research" brings to light the underlying conflicts of interest and their impact on what the public is given to understand about educational research findings. A recent newspaper article, "Yogi Berra wisdom on educational research." highlights a second complementary issue: the ease with which good research can be ignored to the detriment of effective schooling.

Public education’s status as a regulated monopoly also serves to enhance the prominence of certain educational perspectives and to insulate them from the demands of parents, the public, and their elected representatives. Thus despite vast research and development efforts undertaken over decades, certain theoretical and institutional constraints effectively impose boundaries on the educational research that is undertaken and published. For more on this issue see:

Regarding the institutional restraints at work in higher education research, and the capacity of schools of education to reform education:

As a nonprofit organization that relies exclusively on support from education's consumers, the Education Consumers Foundation has published a series of briefs that examine education issues from a consumer perspective. 


Title & Issue
Vol.
No.
Date
Engaging Minds: Motivation & Learning in America's Public Schools (Book)
Only 25% of public school students are making a serious effort to learn?
4
10
October 2004
Teaching Skill Under Scrutiny (article)
Are teachers no more effective in the classroom than people off of the street?
4
9
September 2004
The Free and Happy Student" (1973) by B. F. Skinner
How eliminating punishment undermined teaching and what teachers can do about it.
4
8
August 2004
Three-year-old's Traits Predict Personality at Age 26. (study)
Childhood traits persist into adulthood, so shouldn't the DAP laws change?
4
7
July 2004
Can Teacher Quality Be Effectively Assessed (study)
Why the Goldhaber & Anthony study undermines the case for NBPTS certification.
4
6
June 2004
How to Build a Better Teacher (book)
Why teacher training isn't working and how competition can improve it.
4
5
May 2004
Grading, Grade Inflation, and Learning in Elementary Schools (article)
The grading that we need and why we don't have it.
4
4
April 2004
Politics of Head Start advocacy (article)
How Head Start has survived and why it resists change
4
3
March 2004
The Real Value of Teachers & TVAAS (monograph)
The importance of value-added achievement data to educational improvement
4
2
February 2004
Reform of and by the System: A Case Study (article)
How bureaucracy can turn reform legislation to its own agenda
4
1
January 2004
Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn (report)
Where are the new ideas?
3
12
December 2003
Preparing Teachers: Are American Schools of Education up to the Task? (article)
Exactly what is being taught in America's teacher training programs?
3
11
November 2003
Do Students Have Too Much Homework? (report)
Are students overworked because of accountability pressures?
3
10
October 2003
Reflections on Class Size and Teacher Quality (article)
Is class size reduction worth the money?
3
4
April 2003
Teacher Reform Gone Astray (chapter)
Finn says Nation at Risk hijacked
3
3
March 2003
Shifting Images of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (article)
Nation's largest accreditor tries to step away from fad and its consequences
2
12
December 2002
Bringing Evidence-Driven Progress to Education, A Recommended Strategy for the U. S. Department of Education (report)
Improved achievement will require evidence-based practice, not more theory
2
11
November 2002
Preventing Reading Failure (report)
Do we need more research or watchdogs that bark?
2
9
September 2002
Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge (report)
Paige suggests pedagogy training should be condition of employment, not certification.
2
7
July 2002
Evolution of New American Schools (report)
How reform becomes a rehash
2
6
June 2002
Value-Added Gains of NBPTS-Certified Teachers (article)
Do NBPTS-Certified teachers produce exceptional student gains?
2
5
May 2002
How Science Informs Reading Instruction? (article)
What does science say about how reading should be taught?
2
4
April 2002
Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Educational Testing (article)
Are the benefits of school testing worth the costs?
2
2
February 2002
Court-ordered Spending Brings More of the Same (article)
Why "funding adequacy" decisions are not improving schooling
2
1
January 2002
Teacher Certification Reconsidered: Stumbling for Quality (report)
The controversy over teacher certification research
1
12
December 2001
Why students in some countries do better (article)
Cost-effectiveness of U. S. schools
1
11
November 2001
Home Environments for Learining (book)
Do American students study enough?
1
10
October 2001
Rethinking Special Education (report)
Can special education be reformed?
1
9
September 2001
Schoolbook Simplification and Its Relation to the Decline in SAT-Verbal Scores (article) 
Are today's schoolbooks easier and has education been affected?.
1
8
August 2001
Professionalism and the Public Good: A Brief History of Teacher Certification (Monograph)
Has public regulation of teaching assured quality?
1
7
July 2001
Parents and Schools: The 150-Year Struggle for Control in American Education (book)
Do public schools seek to fulfill parents' aims?
1
6
June 2001
Direct Instruction and the Teaching of Early Reading, Wisconsin's Teacher-Led Insurgency (report)
Do teacher's colleges emphasize proven teaching methods? 
1
5
May 2001
Facing the Classroom Challenge (report)
Are California teachers taught to stress social idealism instead of learning? Yes.
1
4
Apr. 2001
Teacher Evaluation & Student Achievement (monograph)
Is there a fair way to evaluate how much a teacher's students achieve?
1
3
Mar. 2001
Follow through: Why didn't we? (article)
Are proven teaching methods already available?
1
2
Feb. 2001
Aligning teacher training with public policy (article)
Are teachers trained to produce student achievement?
1
1
Jan. 2001

See also: A Legacy of Blind Compassion, published in October 2004 by Dr. Stone.

 

 
 
 
 
   

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