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Learning from failure

I was talking with education researcher Bob Boruch about my frustrations in teaching, the idea that as statisticians we tell people to do formal experimentation but in our own teaching practice we typically just try different things without even measuring outcomes, let alone performing any formal evaluation. Boruch showed me this article with Alan Ruby [...]
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Comments on “Improving the Dependability of Research in Personality and Social Psychology: Recommendations for Research and Educational Practice,” the report of the SPSP Task Force on Publication and Research Practices

Academics / Mathematics : Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science (last year)

On the sister blog we’re supposed to switch to catchy headlines to match our Big Media presence. I actually think that’s a good idea. It’s not easy to write good titles, and it’s worth trying to do better in that regard. But coming ... Read Post

John Goodlad dies at 94; led research on how schools fail to educate

Sports / Baseball : Dodgers Now (16 hours ago)

John I. Goodlad, whose exhaustive analysis of the culture of schools and the reasons for their failures made him one of the intellectual leaders of the education reform movement that took off in the early 1980s, died Nov. 29 in Seat... Read Post

Experimenting on your intro stat course, as a way of teaching experimentation in your intro stat course (and also to improve the course itself)

Academics / Mathematics : Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science (3 years ago)

While visiting the education school at the University of Pennsylvania a couple months ago, I had a long conversation with Bob Boruch, a prominent researcher in the field of evidence-based education. We shared Fred Mosteller stories ... Read Post


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