An interesting blog post discussing Ben Goldacre’s recent article in the Guardian and his thoughts on research for education.
Read Ben Goldacre’s article Bad Science here
Watch his TED talk too
Related blog posts
Research and Evidence in ELT posted by Julia Moore after an #ELTchat we had on how teachers could be more involved in research – you can read the transcript of that chat here and summary will be posted soon as well.
And a post about all this on Ben Goldacre’s website
The Doctor & The Leech
Long ago a travelling physician diagnosed fevers as due to an over-supply of blood, and prescribed leeches as a cure to reduce the excess. ‘Blood-letting’, he said, ‘clears the mind, strengthens the memory, dispels torpor, reduces anxiety and lengthens life.’ He treated many poorly people in this way as he travelled from town to town. Whenever the patients recovered he would boast about the great remedy of the leech. But strangely enough, when they died of their fever, he was never seen at the funerals, for he had already left town.
‘Cryptic, remote, irrelevant and unusable’, writes Tom Bennett on the Times Educational Supplement website: ‘why is so much research in education purest snake oil?’
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