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By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Center for Education, Committee on Research in Education, Tina M. Winters, Lauress L. Wise, Lisa Towne

With the intention to enhance the standard of medical schooling learn, this document addresses such key matters similar to peer overview, randomized box trials, enhanced doctoral courses for academic management in the normal objectives of selling caliber in examine, development the information base, and adorning specialist improvement. Their ideas comprise encouraging federal corporations that aid schooling study to obviously delineate the factors for peer overview and insist rigorous equipment and applicable assets for examine, that journals require authors to make suitable info on hand to different researchers, and that faculties of schooling layout curricula larger articulate the knowledge in learn applicants must have and may provide proper adventure in examine.

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Monitoring begins with embedded questions in the training course and continues through analysis of the resulting ratings and feedback comments. No assessment of the effectiveness of the training and monitoring program described by Levitin was presented at the workshop. The design of this program, however, is highly consistent with long-established findings from industrial psychology on effective ways to improve the reliability and validity of job performance ratings (Borman, 1979; Pulakos, 1986; Hauenstein, 1998).

The training of reviewers should focus deeply on the criteria used to evaluate research by defining those criteria very clearly, and training people to use them reliably. If reviewers do not have a clear understanding of what the criteria are, they carry their own frame of reference as a defining point into the review process, resulting in lower reliability of peer review, whether for manuscripts submitted to professional journals or for research grant proposals submitted for funding (Cichetti, 2003).

The committee designed these events to promote broad-based discussions of a range of complex issues in education among leading scholars in the field. Each event included ample time for the committee to ask questions of presenters, as well as for audience members to ask questions and to add their perspectives. We also draw on our own collective experience as researchers and practitioners in education and other fields. Together, we have held several leadership positions in many of the key organizations we target, including journals, professional associations, and schools of education.

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