Journal article

Malleability in educational effectiveness: what are realistic expectations about effect sizes? Introduction to the special issue

Jaap Scheerens, Gary N Marks

Educational Research and Evaluation: an international journal on theory and practice | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2017


Educational effectiveness research separates hypothetical causes of performance differences into “given”, “contextual”, “endogenous”, or simply “prior” conditions, on the one hand, and malleable factors, or treatments, on the other hand. Recent studies indicate that the effects of background conditions tend to be bigger, and those of malleable variables and interventions smaller, than usually expected. These findings give reason to pose “limited malleability” as the central hypothesis of the special issue. This hypothesis is addressed in the 5 articles that make up this special issue. The themes addressed in these articles are respectively: optimizing the choice of adjustment variables, the ..

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