The Need for Randomised Controlled Trials in Educational Research

British Journal of Educational Studies 49 (3):316 - 328 (2001)
Abstract
This paper argues for more randomised controlled trials in educational research. Educational researchers have largely abandoned the methodology they helped to pioneer. This gold-standard methodology should be more widely used as it is an appropriate and robust research technique. Without subjecting curriculum innovations to a RCT then potentially harmful educational initiatives could be visited upon the nation's children.
Keywords experimental design  randomised controlled trials  methodology
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