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Research in Education, 19 Jan 1929

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/8

Scope and Contents

Thomson outlines the problems and difficulties in Educational research, and how these can be resolved. These include the difficulty of selecting a representative group (the selection fallacy) and the importance of using suitable control groups in experimental work. Thomson also discusses the difficulty of co-operation with schools, particularly state or public schools, and the need for resources to be dedicated to research.

He expounds upon the usefulness of correlational studies and objective measures in educational research, illustrating his points with examples from studies conducted by international researchers, particularly within the USA.

He discusses how researchers should be trained, stressing the need for them to have a working creed or philosophy of education, and some training in statistical analysis. He also emphasises the need for careful planning and publication of results.


  • 19 Jan 1929


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Biographical / Historical

Lecture given by Thomson to a branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland at Falkirk.


1 typescript, 20pp

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