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Critical Perspectives on the Organization and Improvement of Schooling : Evaluation in Education & Human Services - Kenneth A. Sirotnik

Critical Perspectives on the Organization and Improvement of Schooling

Evaluation in Education & Human Services

By: Kenneth A. Sirotnik (Editor), Jeannie Oakes (Editor)


Published: 30th September 1986
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Major "paradigm shifts"-replacing one "world view" with another­ regarding what constitutes appropriate knowledge do not happen over­ night. Centuries usually intervene in the process. Even minor shifts­ admitting alternative world views into the domain of legitimate knowledge­ producing theory and practice-require decades of controversy, especially, it seems to us, in the field of education. It has only been in the last 20 years or so that the educational research community has begun to accept the "scientific" credibility of the qualitative approaches to inquiry such as participant observation, case study, ethnogra­ phy, and the like. In fact, these methods, with their long and distinguished philosophical traditions in phenomenology, have really only come into their own within the last decade. The critical perspective on generating and evaluating knowledge and practice-what this book is mostly about-is in many ways a radical depar­ ture from both the more traditional quantitative and qualitative perspec­ tives. The traditional approaches, in fact, are far more similar to one another than they are to the critical perspective. This is the case, in our view, for one crucial reason: Both the more quantitative, empirical-analytic and qualitative, interpretive traditions share a fundamental epistemological commitment: they both eschew ideology and human interests as explicit components in their paradigms of inquiry. Ideology and human interests, however, are the "bread and butter" of a critical approach to inquiry.

1 Critical Inquiry for School Renewal: Liberating Theory and Practice.- 2 A Critical Perspective on Administration and Organization in Education.- 3 An Alternative and Critical Perspective for Clinical Supervision in Schools.- 4 Reformulating the Evaluation Process.- Reflections.- 5 On Critical Theory and Educational Practice.- 6 Teaching as Reflective Practice.- Author Index.

ISBN: 9780898382129
ISBN-10: 0898382122
Series: Evaluation in Education & Human Services
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th September 1986
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48