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Little replicated praxis

Posted on: September 13, 2019

Praxis is research-informed practice or research that is translated into practice.


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According to this video, there is surprisingly little praxis in the area of classroom management.

Just how little? According to one research group’s analysis, only 0.13% of published research were replications. Replications are studies that test another researcher’s findings and claims. This means that it is easy to make an initial claim and not have it challenged by questions or critique.

That finding affects educators who regularly read academic journals. If they do not, their practice is transmitted and challenged socially by their peers and supervisors.

There is nothing wrong with teachers observing one another and exchanging professional practice. In fact, this needs to happen more often than it already does. But casual or unstructured observations and communications are not research. They do not have the reach or rigour of reputable research journals.

So the next time you attend a workshop or conference with a guru up front making claims that their technique works, ask them what replicated research it is based on. If you do not, I have some snake oil you might like to purchase.

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