Can Educational Research Be Both Rigorous and Relevant ?

  title={Can Educational Research Be Both Rigorous and Relevant ?},
  author={Thomas Reeves},
This paper addresses a complex question: Can educational research be both rigorous and relevant? The first eight years of the first decade of the 21st Century was a time when federal support for educational research in the USA emphasized rigor above most other concerns, and the last two years may mark the beginning of a shift to more emphasis on impact. The most desirable situation would be a balance between rigor and impact. Educational designers, teachers, and other practitioners would… CONTINUE READING


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