Phase 2 essay plan, variety B

("What makes an effect big?" by Jonathan Bingham)

What makes an effect big?

There are many valid ways of deciding whether an effect is ‘big’; a statistical analysis of what is significant (based on probability) is only one way while another may be to observe what has persisted through culture and civilisation. For example, the role of the teacher is seen throughout cultures, history and has remained relatively unchanged. Jewish Rabbis were organised teachers who took and were followed by disciples for years at a time; the goal was by seeing the rabbi simply living and teaching the disciples would adopt useful habits and skills. The big effect of the teacher is only an example, the effects which have been influential and obvious enough to be continued throughout changes in educational structure and focus could be described as big effects. In a way, these big effects represent what is always true for education.