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Improving Education : Realist Approaches to Method and Research - Joanna Swann

Improving Education

Realist Approaches to Method and Research

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9780304705542
Number Of Pages: 208

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Stimulated by late-1990s debate in the UK on quality, effectiveness and usefulness of educational research (reports by OFSTED, DFEE and NFER), this book shows how to improve research, combining principles and practice, and offers case studies from primary, secondary, tertiary and adult sectors.

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"This collection is to be commended for its genuine attempt to link epistemological questions to the quality of education research. It provides an accessible account of the ideas of an important philosopher who has been relatively neglected by educational theorists. It is likely to be of interest to researchers and policy-makers, as well as to philosophers of education." International Journal of Educational Development

The Contributors
The Crisis of Methodp. 3
Pursuing Truth: A Science of Educationp. 15
The Abdication of Reason: Postmodern Attacks Upon Science and Reasonp. 30
Testing Policyp. 39
Making Better Plans: Problem-based Versus Objectives-based Planningp. 53
Critical Realism: Post-Popper Realism for the Real Worldp. 67
Higher Education in Britain: Policy and Practice 1956-92p. 79
Empowering Lecturers to Improve Assessment Practice in Higher Educationp. 89
Reconsidering the Prescribed Curriculump. 101
The Logic-of-Learning Approach to Teaching: A Testable Theoryp. 109
Using Critical Realism in Policy-making at School Levelp. 121
Equal Opportunities in Secondary Education: A Case Studyp. 135
Exploring Informal Practitioner Theory in Adult Basic Educationp. 146
Inquiry for 'Taught' Mastersp. 156
The Popperian Approach to Raising Standards in Educational Researchp. 167
Referencesp. 181
Indexp. 192
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ISBN: 9780304705542
ISBN-10: 0304705543
Series: Cassell Education
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 16.51  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1