What If There are No 'Best Practices'?

17 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2004

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Eric A. Hanushek

Stanford University - Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Abstract

Developing persuasive and consistent models of educational performance has proved elusive. Existing modelling suggests no clear relationship between resources and student performance. This mirrors observed policy outcomes. A possible explanation is that the achievement process is a complicated interactive one such that simple linear additive formulations break down. This analysis presents a stylized model of achievement where unmeasured teacher quality interacts with both resources and specific educational programs. Standard econometric analyses then replicate the aggregate findings in the literature. A policy implication is that finding 'best practices' may fail without recognition of the fundamental interactions.

Suggested Citation

Hanushek, Eric A., What If There are No 'Best Practices'?. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 156-172, May 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=537957

Eric A. Hanushek (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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