Amelia Peterson

Peterson, A., 2016. Getting 'What Works' working: building blocks for bridging experimental and improvement science. International Journal of Research and Method in Education , 39 (3) , pp. 1-15.Abstract
As a systemic approach to improving educational practice through research, ‘What Works’ has come under repeated challenge from alternative approaches, most recently that of improvement science. While ‘What Works’ remains a dominant paradigm for centralized knowledge-building efforts, there is need to understand why this alternative has gained support, and what it can contribute. I set out how the core elements of experimental and improvement science can be combined into a strategy to raise educational achievement with the support of evidence from randomized experiments. Central to this combined effort is a focus on identifying and testing mechanisms for improving teaching and learning, as applications of principles from the learning sciences. This article builds on current efforts to strengthen approaches to evidence-based practice and policy in a range of international contexts. It provides a foundation for those who aim to avoid another paradigm war and to accelerate international discussions on the design of systemic education research infrastructure and funding.
Amelia Peterson

Amelia Peterson

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Amelia studies changes to high school pathways in the wake of higher education expansion, comparing reforms across OECD countries. Additionally, she is working on a collaborative project studying “human-centred systems design” in K-12 education. Her article "Getting What Works Working" was published in the International Journal of Research and Methods in Education in 2016.... Read more about Amelia Peterson