That Baseball Study Can’t Tell You How to Teach

To really engage with research into learning, we need to understand what studies can and cannot say.

Interact with a certain subset of educators on the internet, and it’s only a matter of time before you’re directed to something known as the “Baseball Study.”

The baseball study is a 1988 article from the Journal of Educational Psychology by Donna Recht and Lauren Lesliewith the full title “Effect of Prior Knowledge on Good and Poor Readers’ Memory of Text,” and it is frequently cited to support pedagogies based around highly-structured teacher-led classrooms…

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