Communicating about education research

Jeffrey Henig

Education has gotten short shrift during the debates in this election cycle.
Am I surprised?   Nope.
But communicating about education research with media outlets, bloggers, educators, and policymakers will form an important topic at a series of meetings in D.C. this week sponsored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
With other members of the Communications & Outreach committee, I will meet with members of the AERA Technology Committee and the Professional Development committee to talk about long range communication plans.
And I’m really looking forward to hearing a presentation Friday by ‘Spin Cycle’  author Jeffrey Henig, whose scheduled talk is titled, “Must research used be research abused?  Why cool research gets into hot waters.”

From Spin Cycle:
“I’ve argued that the demands and dictates of politics make it problematic whether good research will trump weaker studies…. Researchers have some responsibility in remedying this. Ironically, they need to do so by framing their claims about the importance of research more realistically, which means more modestly. At the same time we sound the call for improved research designs and investment in the infrastructure of data, we need to be educating the media, funders, policy makers, and public more about the limitations of research…. When funders or the media say they need a sharp and definitive and broadly stated lesson, we sometimes need to hold our ground and say that available evidence permits only tentative, contingent, and qualified conclusions.” pp. 243-244

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One Response to Communicating about education research

  1. curiousjoel says:

    Though I support the educational policies of Barak Obama, I was disappointed not to hear much about the subject in the debates. Investment in education and technology are exactly what are needed to solve our economic and energy problems.

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