Teachers, Educational Data and Evidence-informed Practice

The problem with using scientific evidence in education (why teachers should stop trying to be more like doctors)

By Lucinda McKnight and Andy Morgan

For teachers to be like doctors, and base practice on more “scientific” research, might seem like a good idea. But medical doctors are already questioning the narrow reliance in medicine on randomised controlled trials that Australia seems intent on implementing in education. In randomised controlled trials of new drugs, researchers get two groups of comparable