Friday, April 14, 2006

Evidence Based Education and Learning

There is heavy debate in the educational world in the Netherlands about the effectiveness of the new learning system called "Studiehuis" a form of learning based on the social constructivist learning theory. But how to prove the success or failure of such a educational design? It's not exact science and certainly not always comparable to for instance the evidence based medical research. An interesting article in the NRC of Saturday, April 8th does state that there should be "decent" research béfore starting with new teaching designs. The Educational Board calls for Evidence Based research into this new learning and takes as an example the What Works Clearinghouse (www.whatworks.ed.goc). This website contains a database with research that hás the required scientific level, standards and the evidence! A Dutch version of this site seems like a good idea. Tags: , , ,
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