When to trust (or not) the experts

Dan Willingham’s new book, When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education is out. (Download chapter 1 here.)

Every new program claims to be “research-based,” writes Willingham. Teachers and administrators don’t have the time to evaluate everything and there are no credible summaries to help.

 The first half of the book focuses on what cues we use to tell us “this is probably true,” and how they can be misleading.

. . . (It also describes) how when can know when science might help with a particular problem and when it can’t.

The second half of the book gives Willingham’s four-step short cut for evaluating research claims: Strip it (of verbiage), trace it, analyze it and should I do it?


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