Facts Are More Important Than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences

Aug. 20, 2014

Source: Educational Researcher, 43(6), August/September 2014, p. 304-316.

This study analyzed the complete publication history of the current top 100 education journals ranked by 5-year impact factor.

It found that only 0.13% of education articles were replications.
The findings revealed that the majority of education replications successfully replicated the original studies.
However, replications were significantly less likely to be successful when there was no overlap in authorship between the original and replicating articles.

The results emphasize the importance of third-party, direct replications in helping education research improve its ability to shape education policy and practice.

Updated: Feb. 11, 2015