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The Rising Price of Objectivity

Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research

Michael J. Feuer (author) Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781612509587

Publication Date: Aug 2016

Format: Hardback

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Michael J. Feuer describes what he sees as a "perfect storm" gathering in the sea of education research. He notes the convergence of three important trends: the rise in strategic education philanthropy; the decline in federal funding; and the growing influence of nonacademic think tanks. Together, he cautions, the combination of these forces threatens scientific research and the effort to generate independent, credible evidence.
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In The Rising Price of Objectivity, Michael J. Feuer describes what he sees as a ""perfect storm"" gathering in the sea of education research. He notes the convergence of three important trends: first, the rise in strategic education philanthropy; second, the decline in federal funding, in part due to ideologically contested priorities; and third, the growing influence of nonacademic think tanks operating outside the constraints of university-based research. Together, he cautions, the combination of these forces threatens scientific research generally, and in particular, jeopardizes the effort to generate independent, credible evidence that is needed to inform and guide our efforts to improve education.

Feuer proposes a series of measures for countering the drift toward ideology over inquiry and ensuring that private foundations, the so-called advice industry, and the federal government protect the reliability and credibility of education research for the advancement of the public good.

The author's thoughtful, fair-minded, and engaging analysis offers a unique perspective on the distinctively American approach to funding new knowledge in education.
Pages 208
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2016
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Subject/s Education   Charities, voluntary services & philanthropy  
Michael J. Feuer is the dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, USA and president of the National Academy of Education.

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