Crappiness of data and wisdom of elders

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117088/silicons-valleys-brutal-ageism Stamos is fond of telling a story about sitting down with an engineer whom an acquaintance had referred to him for advice. “I meet with the kid and he’s twenty-one, twenty-two,” Stamos recalls. “He was smart. A Harvard computer-science major.” The kid said he’d already done two start-ups and was looking to try a…

How editors should deal with referees – an experiment

As someone who serves on four ed boards, I found this presentation very interesting: How can We Increase Pro-Social Behavior? An Experiment with Referees at the Journal of Public Economics Referees randomized to one of four groups in invitation emails: 1. 6 week – 6 week deadline [control group] 2. Social – 6 week deadline…

Bogus academic publishers

Fascinating article from Slate about a publisher who gets permission to publish dissertations and theses as books, sells only a few copies of each and thus avoids paying royalties, while fooling buyers into thinking they are buying a real book, while raking in the bucks. They also publish books containing nothing but content from Wikipedia.

New – Journal of Observational Studies

A new open-access journal dedicated to observational studies. Normally I am dubious of new journals, until I looked at the ed board: Imbens, Imai, Cook, and bunch of other rock stars. Looks to be a good journal: There are several journals that deal with observational studies in specific fields, but this is the first journal that…

Paper on community college baccalaurates

Can be found here; it’s still a bit rough. We plan on adding data for teacher ed degrees, and our AEFP discussant had a good suggestion about modeling the policy as a trend rather than an abrupt start. Hope to have a revised version posted in a couple of months.

I like this man

From a profile of the new head of the College Board: He offended an audience of teachers and administrators while promoting the Common Core at a conference organized by the New York State Education Department in April 2011: Bemoaning the emphasis on personal-narrative writing in high school, he said about the reality of adulthood, “People…

IES training opportunity

Application Information – Research Design Workshop for Faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions The National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education is hosting a Research Design Workshop for faculty from minority-serving institutions. The purpose of the Workshop is to provide an overview of quantitative education research design…