Monday, April 26, 2010

Seventeen Statements by Gold-Standard Skeptics #2

Some blog followers might be interested in a post of the above title. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Andy Rudd in an EdResMeth post 6 Apr 2010 titled "Cause and Effect" wrote: "Today I dealt with a doctoral student who was adamantly opposed to the idea that causal relationships can be studied using non experimental designs. . . . . . I am curious what others think about the use of non experimental designs to study causal relationships if it is not possible to use an experimental or quasi-experimental design."

This initiated an 18-post thread of diverse comments on the student's opinion, accessible at . Rudd's student may have been influenced by the fact that the "Randomized Control Trial" has been enthroned by the U.S. Dept. of Education (USDE, 2008) and Mosteller and Boruch (2002) as the "gold standard" for demonstrating causality in education research.

For consideration by Rudd's student and others, herewith are SEVENTEEN STATEMENTS BY GOLD-STANDARD SKEPTICS:

(1) American Education Research Association;

(2) American Evaluation Association;

(3) Hugh Burkhardt and Alan Schoenfeld;

(4) Tom Cook and Monique Payne;

(5) Margaret Eisenhart and Lisa Towne;

(6) European Evaluation Society;

(7) Richard Hake;

(8) Burke Johnson;

(9) Annette Lareau and Pamela Barnhouse;

(10) Joseph Maxwell;

(11) National Education Association;

(12) Dennis Phillips;

(13) Barbara Schneider, Martin Carnoy, Jeremy Kilpatrick, William Schmidt, and Richard Shavelson;

(14) Michael Scriven;

(15) Mack Shelley, Larry Yore, and Brian Hand;

(16) Deborah Stipek; and

(17) Carol Weiss.

To access the complete 85 kB post please click on .

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University

Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands

President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

REFERENCES [Tiny URL's courtesy .]

Hake, R.R. 2010. "Seventeen Statements by Gold-Standard Skeptics," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at . Post of 27 Apr 2010 10:03:58-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also being transmitted to various discussion lists.

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