In his response to Kenneth Prewitt’s “Can Social Science Matter?” Michael Feuer discusses rationales for accountability systems for social science and problems of implementing them, especially through the use of (sometimes dubious) metrics in a highly-politicized climate for science funding. Improved accountability for science requires, according to Feuer, a scientific approach to the study of accountability.
Michael J. Feuer
Michael J. Feuer is dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and professor of education policy at the George Washington University, and president of the National Academy of Education. Before coming to GW in 2010, Feuer held several positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies: he was the founding director of the Board on Testing and Assessment and most recently served as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Prior to joining the NRC he was a senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment. Feuer is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association, and cochair of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE). In 2014, President Obama appointed Feuer to the National Board of Education Sciences.