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Last year at a course about evidence-based education, an evidence-based man said over lunch, ‘Teachers are challenged all the time; you wouldn’t have a doctor present the evidence to a patient and then have their decision challenged’. I replied, to be contrary, that of course doctors have their decisions challenged all the time, by other healthcare professionals, by other doctors and of course by patients. We often hear: If only teaching was more like medicine. If only it was viewed like medicine, if only teachers were respected like doctors, if only it was evidence informed like medicine.
My wife, a doctor, has dampened my belief that this analogy is a good one or at least completely sound. Firstly, and perhaps superficially this is because medicine still has issues: those challenges I described, the learning styles forms my wife has had to complete in the course…
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