One reason that I’ve been interested in education research in the past couple of years is because, by luck/coincidence it mainly supports what I already do. I’ve been setting quick 1-5 recap quizzes for years, well before I read cognitive science research on the positive impact of retrieval practice. I’ve not really done much to change how I teach yet it ‘works’ with the research.
However, it’s not always as simple as confirming what you already do. Research in education is a minefield. Might it be better to leave well alone?
Here is a (not comprehensive) summary of why using research is problematical:
1.Not enough specific research has been done for context specific conclusions
In the EEF ‘A marked improvement’ publication on marking, the authors make the following comment, very early on:
‘The quality of existing evidence focused specifically on written marking is low. This is surprising and concerning bearing in…
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