Home > DocuBase > Article

« All DocuBase Articles

 

Thursday, 8th March 2007

Selling Software: How vendors manipulate research and cheat students

Selling Software: How vendors manipulate research and cheat students
Source: Education Next (Hoover Institution)
From press release:

In a rush to meet requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act that instructional materials purchased with federal aid be scientifically proven effective, educational software companies are promoting research that is substandard and often misleading, according to a new report in the spring 2007 issue of Education Next. The vast majority of studies on education products of any kind--fully 75 percent--reviewed by the federal government do not meet its scientific standards, warns Todd Oppenheimer, author of the Education Next report.

The nation’s K–12 schools spent nearly $2 billion on electronic curricular products in 2006, up 4.4 percent from the previous year and surpassing the 2.6 percent growth rate of the overall instructional products market for U.S. schools. To keep pace with this growth, and to take continuing advantage of federal education subsidies, many companies pushed through questionable studies supposedly documenting their products’ effectiveness. In fact, a number of companies promoted their “scientific” research very soon after NCLB required it--an impossible feat, points out Oppenheimer, considering the many years it takes to conduct solid scientific studies.


Category:

Source:




Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.

« All DocuBase Articles







 

 
 
 

Article Categories

All Article Categories »

Sources

All DocuBase Sources »

Source Categories

All Source Categories »

Archive

All Archives »