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The mystery of why nothing works in education – Bath Spa University

The mystery of why nothing works in education


The mystery of why nothing works in education

Tuesday 7 May, 2024 – Tuesday 7 May, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series 2023-24.

About the seminar

Dr Sally Riordan will discuss her work on randomised controlled trials (RCTs), and the emerging evidence that on average, RCTs show minuscule impacts. She will share her current work using artificial intelligence to understand patterns in student behaviour and discuss the future possibility of challenges to RCTs through large-scale qualitative programmes.

About the speakers

Dr Sally Riordan is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Education, University College London. Sally has a background in historical and philosophical theory. This is integral to her work investigating the ways in which we think about evidence, measurement, dissemination, impact and progress.

Measurement is a wicked problem in education for it seems that the more we really need to know about something, the less we’re able to measure it. With so many interests, education has ended up as a natural home for Sally’s research. The common theme underpinning her work is the role of research evidence in education and social justice.

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