ERIC Number: ED229436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Research and Consciousness of World Views.
Two issues of concern in education are addressed: (1) how should educational research be carried out and (2) why do practitioners so often fail to heed the findings from educational research? The author uses the conceptualization of Stephen Pepper which distinguished four different hypotheses about the nature of the world (formism, mechanism, contextualism, and organicism) to suggest that different approaches to educational research are undergirded by different and conflicting hypotheses about the nature of the world. Thus, while some argue that different approaches to research which may be characterized as quantitative and qualitative can be effectively merged, this paper argues that such fusion may in many cases not be possible in any meaningful way. It is suggested that much educational research is impelled by a world hypothesis in conflict with that which seems to be held by practitioners, thus contributing to the lack of dialogue between researchers and practitioners. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Qualitative Research; Quantitative Research; World Hypotheses (Pepper)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).