ERIC Number: ED189154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Ongoing Documentating Systems.
McNamara, Thomas C.
In school district research and evaluation there are constant reminders of the inadequacies of the reductionist positivist paradigm. There is a pressing need to move beyond this outmoded approach, not so much by rejecting experimental inquiry but rather by letting it assume a meaningful role as a specific form of naturalistic inquiry, emphasizing the complementing value of quantitative and qualitative investigation. It is urged (1) that sustained documenting systems be established in school districts, possibly in the form of comprehensive, computerized networks of basic school experience data; (2) that these systems serve as a "skeletal" structure to be continually fleshed out by ongoing case studies, participant observation, and collaborative research, sources which can provide the most accurate context for research and evaluation activities; (3) that universities and research agencies develop a constant coordinate relationship with the schools to combine experimental and more naturalistic inquiry; (4) that programs like Follow Through which already have the capacity to assume this orientation, be given active support to do so. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Naturalistic Research; Positivism; Qualitative Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).