Educational Decision-making: Normative Principles and Empirical Social Science Research

Our goal was to bring precision to the use of normative concepts in education research. The plan was to write a book for educational researchers, and for those training to become educational researchers, that will introduce them to basic normative concepts concerning education, in terms that they can use to guide and frame their work, and provide themĀ  with the intellectual resources needed to scrutinize these concepts, make judgments about them, and apply those judgments in the context of their work.

The proposed, short, monograph, was authored by four scholars – two leading education social scientists, Helen Ladd (Duke) and Susanna Loeb (Stanford) and two well known political philosophers with considerable experience engaging with social scientists and public policy, Adam Swift (Balliol, Oxford) and Harry Brighouse (UW Madison).