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The Rising Price of Objectivity: Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research

Michael J. Feuer
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard Education Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9781612509570, 1612509576, 9781612509587
Summary
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. --
Contents
  • Whither altruism? : philanthropy and its discontents
  • Good government pays : the (social) science of education research
  • Lights unto the nation : the rise and decline of the American advice industry
  • A policy grammar : the present is tense, the future imperfect.
Description
xii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-180) and index.
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