The methodology question – research or evaluation?

July 17, 2007

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are hardly the sine qua non of educational research. By contrast, medicine regards RCTs as the highest form of scientific research. Most medical research actually falls into the realm of social science research where RCTs are considered insufficient, inappropriate and ineffective for demonstrating effectiveness. Evaluation models are more appropriate in most cases than RCT and even other alternative (e.g., ethnographic, quasi-experimental) research models.

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