Educating the Educators

In this essay, I argue that the scientific world would benefit from a better research education for both students and researchers. Within the University of Amsterdam, re-introducing the so called ‘Research Practical’ is a very practical and easy-to-implement way to acquaint students with several problems in science, such as lack of replication. Also, in this course students can learn how to deal with things like non-replication and finding of a null effect.

The university should also take care to educate their researchers. This can be done through courses in methodology and statistics, or through an open forum on which researchers can discuss their methodological and statistical considerations with their colleagues. Educating researchers does not only benefit science: since mentors have a great influence on their pupils, good researchers will make more good researchers. And if there is one thing that science needs, it is good researchers.

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