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Public Lecture: Prof. Gert Biesta on 'Why evidence-based practice is not really a good idea' Fri 13th Jan 7.30 PM

11 Jan 2012

Public Lecture: Prof. Gert Biesta on 'Why evidence-based practice is not really a good idea' Fri 13th Jan 7.30 PM

Professional work and the interference of evidence:

Why evidence-based practice is not really a good idea


When? Fri 13 Jan 730pm
Where? Boole 2


Prof Gert Biesta
School of Education
University of Stirling
Scotland, UK

 

 


Abstract
The idea that professional practices such as education, health care and social work should be based on scientific evidence about 'what works' has become quite influential in recent years, albeit that it is affecting different fields of practice in differing ways. In this presentation I will discuss a number of underlying assumptions of this idea in order to point at the limitations of the idea of evidence-based practice in education and other fields. In my discussion - in which I will use education as my example - I will focus on assumptions about the nature of professional action and the role of knowledge and values in this, on assumptions about the relationship between knowledge and action, on the different ways in which research can be of practical use, and on what might be required to make things 'work' in the domain of human action and interaction. This exploration will raise critical questions about too optimistic expectations about the idea of evidence-based practice and will particularly highlight the moral and political costs.



Gert Biesta (www.gertbiesta.com <http://www.gertbiesta.com> ) is Professor of Education and Director of Research at the School of Education, University of Stirling, and Visiting Professor for Education and Democratic Citizenship at Mälardalen University, Sweden. He writes on the theory and philosophy of education, the theory of educational and social research, and on citizenship education, lifelong learning, professional education and vocational education. Recent books include Good Education in an Age of Measurement (Paradigm Publishers 2010) and Learning Democracy in School and Society (Sense Publishers 2011).

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