Improving Education Science and Practice:
The Role of Replication
The theme of the SREE Spring 2014 Conference, Improving Education Science and Practice: The Role of Replication, highlights the important role of replication in building robust theories in education science and providing guidance for practitioners. When interventions work over time, in different contexts, and with different groups of students, researchers may construct robust theories that generalize beyond a specific study. The causal effects of educational interventions that replicate across different studies may inspire practitioners to use experimental evidence to enhance student success.
Yet the promise of replication remains an elusive goal in education. Social scientists are likely to employ different methods and embrace divergent views about the importance of replication relative to other research goals. Communication among education researchers and disciplinary scholars is necessary to yield convergent and useful lessons for designing research focused on replication.
The SREE Spring 2014 Conference highlights the role of replication in building scientific theories and scaffolding improved practices in education and child development, medicine, and social services. Symposia, panels, papers, and posters that address the conditions under which causal relations are demonstrated to be replicable: (a) over time, (b) in different contexts, and (c) among diverse groups of students and teachers, will offer a strong fit with the conference theme.
Research questions of interest include: