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Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion: A Lesson About People and Learning

Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion: A Lesson About People and Learning

Eva L. Baker

In my educational research history, I have conducted many studies that compare the effects of different interventions on student learning and performance. When I recall mistakes I have made (and most of them have been mistakes in my management of teams), none involves procedures in these experimental studies. I was blessed to be taught by some of the wisest and most skilled teachers and mentors in educational research. I also did empirical studies in the course of developing assessments, and I will describe a mistake I made by jumping to conclusions when creating a new measure of history performance.

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