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ERIC Number: ED048422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-5
Pages: 8
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How to Make Educational Research Relevant to the Urban Community.
Wilkerson, Doxey A.
The process of education will be fully understood only by studying it as a process, as a few anthropologists and sociologists have begun to do. The problems of inner city education need more such studies, especially longitudinal investigations of the processes by which exceptional teachers and schools succeed in the education of impoverished youth. It may be that the lives of education researchers have been too remote from the schools. Perhaps their direct involvement in the processes with which teachers and administrators are preoccupied would lead them to undertake more studies that afford clear guidance for educational practice. It is understandable that researchers like analytical studies of the relations among isolated variables that we know well how to measure. The data tend to be objective, and they fit neatly into regression equations or are subject to analysis of variance. These are methodological values that can seldom be realized in studies addressed to complex situations with a multitude of uncontrolled variables. But the process of education involves precisely such situations; and it may be that less refined, partly subjective techniques of investigation can yield insights now unattainable through statistical analysis. (Author/JM)
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Note: An Address Prepared for the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., February 5, 1971