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ERIC Number: ED052967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Pages: 26
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The Wisdom of Scientific Inquiry on Education. Science Education Information Reports, Occasional Paper Series, Science Paper 4.
Glass, Gene V.
After distinguishing between elucidatory inquiry (directed toward theory and model construction for understanding and explaining phenomena) and evaluative inquiry (determining the worth of a thing), and providing nine differentiating characteristics, the author discusses the progress of educational elucidatory inquiry. He concludes that it has not "turned up any important, reliable, replicable relationships worthy of continued study...Until we get these fundamental relationships, our pretensions to elucidatory inquiry on education will be vain boasting." He feels that we should not now be attempting to build theories of teaching because ideas and techniques of teaching are changing rapidly. Under current conditions evaluative research based on the products of master teachers using basic knowledge from the social and natural sciences is more likely to contribute to the improvement of educational practice. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Lab. of Educational Research.; ERIC Information Analysis Center for Science Education, Columbus, OH.