The need for randomised controlled trials in educational research

C J Torgerson, D J Torgerson

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This paper argues for more randomised controlled trials in educational research. Educational researchers have largely abandoned the methodology they helped to pioneer This gold-standard methodology should be more widely used as it is an appropriate and robust research technique. Without subjecting curriculum innovations to a RCT then potentially harmful educational initiatives could be visited upon the nation's children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-328
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2001


  • methodology
  • randomised controlled trials
  • experimental design

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