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ERIC Number: ED040985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
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The Far Side of Paradigms: Conditions for Knowledge-Making in English Education.
Gowin, D. B.; Strzepek, J.
English Record, v20 n1 p7-22 Oct 1969
N. L. Gage's analysis of the educational research paradigm can be modified and expanded--first in a Model of the Structure of Knowledge (SOK) and then in a SOK Module which concretely demonstrates one approach to knowledge-making in English Education. Categories in the SOK Model would include (1) the Context of Inquiry--the milieu, the phenomena to be studied, the assumptions and presuppositions upon which the claims rest, the "telling" questions which unlock inquiry, the principle of evidence used to select and interpret data, and key concepts and conceptual systems which pattern facts and ideas; (2) Methods of Work--procedural commitments, techniques, and the need to adapt them to the stubbornness of the subject matter; (3) Products and Productions--selected facts, interpretations, analyses, and completed studies in the field of English education; and (4) Values--deliberated interests both within and outside the field. Based on these categories, a SOK Module can be developed, for example, to teach literature using the pragmatic (audience-oriented) point of view. The SOK Model can help English educators improve the production of both theoretical and applied knowledge in the middle ground between scholars and teachers. (JB)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Conceptual Schemes, Cultural Background, Educational Research, Educational Theories, English Education, Evaluation Criteria, Fundamental Concepts, Intellectual Disciplines, Literary Criticism, Literature, Methods Research, Models, Problem Solving, Research Design, Research Methodology, Values
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Authoring Institution: New York State English Council.