The Critical Role Replication Plays In Research

September 5, 2014

A recently published study on replication of research in education, “Facts Are More Important Than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences” finds that as few as 0.13 percentage of journal studies are were replications. This finding should come as a shock to those who have worked so diligently to bring rigor to the field of education. We should be concerned because replication is what makes science a self-correcting system. We reproduce research to be assured that a phenomenon is genuine and not an accident of chance or, even worse, a purposeful falsification of the results of a study. We rely on replication so that we can be confident that the results of studies are reliable, valid, and real.