BOGUS – or – Research-based? How can you tell? Nancy Mamlin, Ph.D. Appalachian State University
When should you be suspicious? • Someone is selling something • It is “too good to be true” • Everyone needs it. • There is no research from outside to back it up. • Credentials of the person who created it.
Is it okay to do something that isn’t backed up by research? • Maybe, maybe not • Is it potentially harmful? • How long will you do it? • What do you expect to happen? • Will you take data?
Who can you trust? • The government, believe it or not! • Accredited universities • Professional journals • Some websites: • Ed.gov • CEC • LDOnline • Others…
Where are people talking about this? • Teach Effectively! Blog • I Speak of Dreams, by Liz Ditz • Professional journals
But sometimes… • You can’t even trust the MAYO Clinic… • So – • use your good judgment, • your professional knowledge, • take your own data, • participate in research