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e-Learning and the Science of Instruction by Richard E. Mayer, Ruth C. Clark

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CHAPTER 3 Evidence-Based Practice

CHAPTER SUMMARY

Instructional programs should be based on appropriate high-quality research, or what we might simply call good research. This statement is the guiding principle for evidence-based practice and is the basis for recommendations we present in this book. You might be wondering what constitutes good research and how you can recognize and use it. We address these questions in this chapter.

In particular, we describe the rationale for evidence-based practice in making decisions about instructional design, three approaches to research on instructional effectiveness, how to interpret experimental comparisons, how to interpret research statistics, and how to understand the boundary conditions of evidence-based recommendations.

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