Why not do your own educational research? It’s easier than you might think. Just follow the steps below.
1: Choose a hypothesis.
This is the hardest bit. You could try something obvious such as you get better with practice. You could also try to demonstrate something that is patently ridiculous, for example, sniffing oranges improves grades. To be honest, it makes no difference what you decide on, someone will believe it.
I’m going to choose an obvious hypothesis as it will make it harder for someone to disagree with my conclusions.
Hypothesis: students get better at something when they practice it.
2: Find some Citations
Use this random name generator https://www.behindthename.com/random/ to find some authors to cite. Here are three I generated as an example
Bradford Jamison Elliott, Geoffrey Maitland Roach, Teresa Dorean Robbins
3: Graphs and Charts
Research looks more convincing with a graph or chart. I’m going to create a cycle chart. Educational researchers love cycle charts. Here’s one I knocked up using Graphviz.
Dissatisfaction -> practice -> improvement -> testing
4: Test your Hypothesis
Split one of your classes in two halves. Test your hypothesis on one half, leave the other as a control group. If you don’t get the results you want, just ignore some of the students or swap them around between groups.
5: You’re going to need an Acronym
Think of a word. Some good words to use the basis for your acronym are VECTOR, INSPIRE and RAISE
I chose ERIC, as my friend is called Eric. Eric could stand for
Expectations, Rewards, Involvement and Consequences.
That looks a bit boring, so here it is rewritten as a flowchart:
6: It must be true, I read it on a blog
Publish your research on your blog and then tweet what you’ve done. Retweet other people’s research in the hope that they return the favour.