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Evidence-Based Education Policy

What Evidence? What Basis? Whose Policy?

Evidence-Based Education Policy by David Bridges
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This book raises important questions about the extent to which policy can be derived from research and about the kind of evidence which should inform policy.

  • Challenges contemporary orthodoxies and offers constructive alternatives
  • Critiques the narrower conceptions of evidence which might inform policy advanced by the ‘what works’ movement
  • Investigates the logical gaps between what can be shown by research and the wider political requirements of policy
  • Examines the different educational research traditions e.g. large population studies, individual case studies, personal narratives, action research, philosophy and ‘the romantic turn’
  • Calls for a more subtle understanding of the ways in which different forms of enquiry may inform policy and practice
  • Discusses the recognition and utilisation of the insights offered by the rich variety of educational research traditions available to us
Title: Evidence-Based Education Policy
Author: David Bridges; Paul Smeyers; Richard Smith
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