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Material fallacies of education research evidence and public policy advice

New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies
Volume 47 Issue 1 (2012)

Abstract: Rational debates about education policy choices are only possible when all those involved use language and evidence correctly. Material fallacies in logic are "mistakes in understanding the meaning or use of terms" (Kreeft, 2010, p. 85). Just as in practical logic, public policy discourse becomes problematic when the terms used are ambiguous, unclear or vague. This commentary analyses one recent case of material fallacy in education policy discourse in order to promote discussion of the responsibilities researchers may have whenever research evidence is used mistakenly.

To cite this article: O'Neill, John. Material fallacies of education research evidence and public policy advice [online]. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2012: 153-160. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=671503260408022;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0028-8276. [cited 22 Jul 17].

Personal Author: O'Neill, John; Source: New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2012: 153-160 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0028-8276 Subject: Education--Government policy; Education--Research; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Massey University

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection