What is Scientifically Based Research


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In the education field there are piles of “research-based” practices, products, materials, books and articles on”research-based understandings” that flood our professional mailboxes. It’s hard to make heads or tails of what that all means and which ones to embrace for the right reasons. Please review Chapter 1 of the Mertler text and read the embedded link,What is Scientifically Based Research? A Guide for Educators, Using Research and Reason. (Baxter & Reddy, 2006) It’s a good overview of considerations for educators in the consumption and application of educational research.


For additional things to think about, I have attached a brief article on the potential intended biases that lie within educational research.
After you’ve read, write about your thoughts from your own lens in the capacity in which you work. In what ways have you been asked to implement a new practice, adopt a new policy or think differently. What questions might you have asked now that you have a sense of quality indicators of educational research? What are the challenges of direct translation of educational research?
Baxter, S. & Reddy, D. (2006). What is Scientifically Based Research: A Guide for Teachers, Using Research and Reason in Education. National Institute for Literacy, Jessup, MD.
Ferraro, D.J. (2005). Does Research Equal Value Neutral?, (2) 425-432, Phi Delta Kappan.


Thinking about my company, I would highlight upon workers program that enables workers to learn and benefit from the organization’s educational research. The workers program provided today should be more work oriented rather than theoretical and more of competence based inducing practical thinking among the students. This helps organizations create workers for the futures. The organizations providing vocational training should also keep this in mind while designing there course. The induction of such adult programs will have benefits like, maintenance of the levels of innovation in terms of preparing future workforce, better placing the workers towards responding to external pressures, better suited to customer oriented environment, improving quality and output of future employees and increasing the pace of changing in the company.

The skills of a worker, the attitude of a manager, an accountant’s style of dressing, these are all learned behaviors. By applying the processes and principles associated with learning, organizations can mould the behavior of employees to enhance their performance. Organizations constantly endeavor to make their employees synchronize their behavior to enable them to keep pace with their subordinates, peers and superiors. Organizations can put to use learning theories to train the employees and polish their skills. Learning theories help managers construe people’s acquisition of certain behaviors and skills. In the organizational context, learning theories have many implications.


About the Author Doris C. Chesser