Hawker Brownlow Education

What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education

Author: Yong Zhao

Availability: In Stock

Code: TCP8764

ISBN: 9781760568764

No of Pages: 174

Publish date: 24/08/2018

Price: $35.95


Medical products are required to disclose both their intended
outcomes and known side effects. But educational policy and practice carries no
such labels. Thus, teachers, school leaders and the public are not told, for
example, that “This program helps improve your students' reading scores, but it
may make them hate reading forever”, or that “School choice may improve test
scores of some students, but it may lead to the collapse of public education.”

In his new book, Yong Zhao, distinguished
professor and specialist in education policy, shines a light on the
long-ignored phenomenon of side effects of education policies and practices,
bringing a fresh and perhaps surprising perspective to evidence-based practices
and policies. Identifying the adverse effects of some of the “best” educational
interventions with examples from classrooms to boardrooms, the author
investigates causes and offers clear recommendations. This volume will help the
field of education to advance beyond the extreme pendulum swings that
characterise today's school reform efforts.

Book Features:

  • Provides evidence to show how popularly
    endorsed education strategies, policies and systems can actually do harm to

  • Encourages educators to consider some
    less-publicised or lower-effect strategies that may be just what the doctor
    ordered for some students and classrooms.

  • Cautions educators, policymakers and
    parents to be more thoughtful when considering educational programs and
    weighing evidence.

  • Calls for researchers to include possible
    downsides to strategies that they are testing and promoting in order to assist
    school leaders and practitioners in choosing and implementing educational