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Realism and Educational Research : New Perspectives and Possibilities - David Scott

Realism and Educational Research

New Perspectives and Possibilities

Hardcover Published: 13th April 2000
ISBN: 9780750709194
Number Of Pages: 176

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Much education research takes place under a convenient but spurious assumption that there is a common purpose to education research, and a common epistemology. This book takes a clear-sighted and perceptive look at the underlying truths of education research, and in refining our understanding of the subject paves the way to improving our methods and practice. It addresses the theoretical conceptual elements educational discourses that inform most debates about educational research, including: education and its relationship to research; the problems and possibilities of quantification; and the diversity of methods researchers can use to create theory. In a second section the book explores these issues as they relate to a number of current and controversial debates in education, such as: researching school effectiveness; the study of curriculum, policy, sociology and anthropology; and the role of post-modern though in debates on education.

Series Editor's Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Theorising Educational Researchp. 9
The Contested Nature of Educational Researchp. 11
Educational Knowledgep. 26
Mathematical Modellingp. 36
Theory into Practicep. 49
Disciplinary Knowledgep. 61
School Effectiveness Researchp. 63
Education Policyp. 76
Biography and Auto-biographyp. 95
Researching 'Race' and 'Ethnicity'p. 112
Post-modernismp. 121
Afterthoughts: Changing Knowledge of Relatively Unchanging Entitiesp. 132
Notesp. 145
Referencesp. 153
Author Indexp. 162
Subject Indexp. 164
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ISBN: 9780750709194
ISBN-10: 0750709197
Series: Social Research and Educational Studies Series, 19
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 13th April 2000
Publisher: FALMER PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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