Worrying: Less than 1 percent of the top educational research published are replication studies

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Have you ever heard of “replication bullies,” “false positive police,” and “data detectives”? I learned about these new concepts from a Slate article on a present discussion in psychology on a special edition of Social psychology filled with replications of famous studies. Replication is gaining popularity and to me that is a good thing. A replication study involves repeating a study using the same methods but with different subjects and experimenters.

It’s a check and tries to answer if we can generalize the findings of a study. But replication in educational research is often missing. Although replicating important findings is essential for helping education research improve its usefulness to policymakers and practitioners, less than one percent of the articles published in the top education research journals are replication studies, according to new research published today in Educational Researcher (ER), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

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