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This comprehensive volume provides an overview of the tensions, dilemmas, issues, and possibilities that currently characterize education research. More than twenty prominent scholars examine the state of education research and discuss how it is changing and where it needs to go. They highlight some of the major trends that have galvanized the field.
Sponsored by the National Academy of Education's Commission on the Improvement of Education Research
It has been a decade since the National Academy of Education last issued a review of education research. This new volume arrives at a critical time for our nation's schools. More than twenty prominent scholars provide an overview of the tensions, dilemmas, issues, and possibilities that currently characterize education research. They examine the state of education research, discuss how it is changing and where it needs to go, and reveal how the results of research--whether good or bad--have become key drivers of educational policy and practice. This revelation raises important questions about standards for sound research and training for future researchers. Issues in Education Research is a valuable reference for the more than 40,000 college faculty members who study schooling and prepare tomorrow's teachers.
"This volume constitutes a milestone and a directional marker on the path to improving the training of educational researchers as well as enhancing the quality and the impact of educational research. It is comprehensive, scholarly, and readable, and it presents a challenge to schools of education and to the society as a whole to do whatever is necessary for us to upgrade the questions we ask and the answers we provide." (Catherine Snow, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
"This important project of the National Academy of Education will help researchers and policymakers understand the complexity of conducting high-quality research in the context of real classrooms and schools." (Lorrie A. Shepard, president, American Educational Research Association, and professor, University of Colorado at Boulder)
"Issues in Education Research's greatest contribution is to provide the reader with a set of well-written chapters that present in one volume much of the lay of the land--or disputed territory--that characterizes current-day education research.... This book prepares us for the tough task of going beyond particularistic views." (Richard J. Shavelson, dean, School of Education, Stanford University)