ERIC Number: ED099246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Impediments to Effective Research: Some Presumptions in Search of Validation.
Martorella, Peter H.
The current malaise in social science education research is the result of a stalemate between social studies educators and their research activities at the university level: (1) The social studies educator is not held accountable for research as for teaching courses or supervising student teachers. (2) "Research" is so loosely defined that one can allege research without paying the costs in time. (3) The profession fails to define its inquiry and expertise parameters. (4) Applied research is emphasized to the detriment of basic research. (5) The methodological tools and data of other disciplines are not exploited. (6) The existing external funding matrices do not significantly reward research-oriented social studies educators. Criticizing existent research, encouraging communities of interest and publication forums, and recognizing outstanding achievements will not suffice to change this situation. Instead, these "environmental" problems must be remedied, for instance, through political action strategies to gain release time, accountability procedures, and rewards for research; national research fellowships for joint research among pre- and postdoctoral fellows; the definition of expertise parameters in a national conference; and the development of a methodology and instrumentation monograph, as well as a basic research monograph. (Author/JH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College and University Faculty of the National Council for the Social Studies (Chicago, Illinois, November 1974)