Can Empirical Research on Education be Replaced by Common Sense?

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingContribution to conference proceedings


Discussions on various pedagogical issues such as instructional quality reveal that
many people cannot imagine that research findings could possibly not be consistent with their
own personal experience. They even consider some research findings in the field of pedagogy
self-evident and consequently the research a waste of money and time. If these people were
right, they would be able to distinguish right from wrong statements (concerning for example
several issues of instructional quality) without prior knowledge of relevant research findings.
The study described in this paper empirically explores whether this assumption is correct. The
results will show impressively that it is not and that it is therefore not safe to rely (only) on
one's experience, beliefs and common sense when it comes to answering pedagogical
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning
Editors Steve Halley, Chris Birch, Dirk Tempelaar, Mike McCuddy, Núria Hérnandez Nanclares, Sandra Reeb-Gruber, Wim Gijselaers, Bart Rienties, Ellen Nelissen
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Pages261 - 273
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010

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