Professor Larry Hedges

Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

Prize

一丹教育研究獎

Year

2018

Expertise

Education statistics and evaluation, International comparative education, Education policy, Education system, Equality in education, Education psychology

Focus by region

北美洲

Improving future generations of education through a scientific approach

Professor Larry Hedges, Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics; Education and Social Policy; Psychology; and Medical Social Sciences, and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University in Chicago is the Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018.

Professor Hedges is one of the most influential applied statisticians in the world. His work in educational policy allows policymakers, educators and the general public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education, and makes it possible to take a scientific approach to improving education for future generations.

Professor Hedges has authored or co-authored ten books and numerous journal articles, including the seminal Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis (with I. Olkin, Elsevier, 1985) and The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis (with H. Cooper and J. Valentine, Russell Sage, 2009).

 


He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Statistical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Educational Research Association. He is also a member of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, which established an annual endowed lecture in his honor. In 2016, he was selected to give the inaugural Hedges Lecture. Professor Hedges was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2012, and was elected Chair of the Board in 2016.

The Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association elected him as “Statistician of the Year” for 2013–14. In 2018, he became the third American to be elected an Honorary Member of the European Association of Methodology.  

Initiatives

Highlighting evidence based decision making in education

Promoting Best Practices in the Synthesis in Educational Research

With the Yidan Prize funds, The Statistics for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (STEPP) Center was founded in 2019 to facilitate collaboration between statisticians, researchers, policymakers and practitioners.

The organisation focuses on using evidence to guide decisions, especially in education and applied social sciences.

Learn more about this initiative
“His work is particularly valuable in that it is widely applicable, replicable and scalable. It can be adopted anywhere in the world to bring this evidence-based approach to improving education to meet future needs.”
Citation

By Mr Andreas Schleicher

Panel Head, Judging Panel for Education Research, Yidan Prize

我很高興向各位介紹Larry Hedges教授。他的工作使全球的研究者都能運用循證方法來改善教育,用事實取代政治偏見和個人偏見,在政策討論中發揮重要作用。

Hedges教授是芝加哥西北大學統計學系主任,或許是當今世界最傑出應用統計學家之一。他發展了適用於社會學、醫學和生物學領域的元分析統計方法,並找到了整合多種研究成果的創新方法。

統計學或許無法令每個人都興致盎然,但卻具有開拓性的意義。目前,人人都認為教育改革勢在必行,但在如何推進改革這個問題上卻衆説紛紜。Hedges教授的工作使人們能夠基於科學證據來進行教育改革,並在討論問題時排除意識形態和主觀性的影響。

此外,Hedges教授還在培養專業研究者方面做出突出貢獻。在關於統計研究設計、實施和分析的訓練中,他廣泛使用其獨特的科學研究方法,並鼓舞下一代教育研究者。

他的研究工作極具價值,展現了廣泛的適用性、可複製性和可擴展性,能夠應用於世界上任何地方,通過循證方法來改善教育,滿足未來的教育需求。

在此,我再次祝賀Hedges教授以及所有一丹獎提名者。他們從事的工作意義非凡。我也相信,未來將會有更加豐富的成果。