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“Good” choices vs “what really works”: a comparison of evidence-based practice in medicine and education

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posted on 17.02.2022, 00:00 authored by Lucinda McKnightLucinda McKnight, A Morgan
Evidence-based practice, in a form which draws predominantly on quantitative research and privileges randomised controlled trials as research methods, has been translated from medicine into education. It follows that combining understanding of both disciplines may contribute to insights into the costs and benefits of this project. This article shares findings from a small study initiated by a medical doctor and teacher educator to compare versions of practice and professionalism offered by two texts from our respective disciplines. These texts advocate evidence-based practice for patients and students with disability and/or special needs. We describe our methodology and methods for interdisciplinary comparative textual analysis and share how this comparison contributes to understanding ways evidence-based practice is performed in education. In particular, we compare the versions of professionalism imagined in these cases and ask questions for policy and practice about motivations for the choices made in the apparently neutral process of “translation”.

History

Journal

Australian Educational Researcher

Pagination

1 - 17

Publisher

Springer

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0311-6999

eISSN

2210-5328

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal