Using Data Properly: Ditch the Cargo Cult Data for Actual Data – Icing on the Cake – An education blog

Cargo Cult Science is the term popularised by Richard Feynman in his 1985 book ‘Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!’, referring to activity which has the trappings of real science, but which lacks the rigour which we might reasonably expect of real science. Tom Bennett, in his book ‘Teacher Proof’, gives a set of signs to look for ‘Cargo Cult’ research. Tom’s list of klaxons include: Research carried out by interested parties, small sample sizes, a lack of a control group, the absence of double-blind testing, confirmation bias, illusory correlation, mistaking cause and effect, the Hawthorne effect and the appeal to novelty.

via Using Data Properly: Ditch the Cargo Cult Data for Actual Data – Icing on the Cake – An education blog.

 

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