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ERIC Number: ED257727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Empowering Research Methodologies.
Lather, Patti
Neo-marxist theory provides a better tool for educational researchers than other research methodologies because of its focus on empowering the dispossessed and its interest in the relationships between human activity and material circumstances. Traditional educational research is rooted in the positivist tradition and claims to be value neutral but the neutrality and objectivity it claims acts as a mask to cover the fact that such research serves the interests of the privileged. Neo-marxist critical theory, in contrast, considers the relationship of the curriculum to the larger society and the structural reasons behind the exclusion of certain areas from the curriculum. From this perspective, curriculum is at the center of the power struggle over what should be taught; what is excluded from the curriculum is as important as what is included. By clarifying the role of the curriculum, it is also possible for people to use this knowledge to assert control over its content and thus over the schools and their own lives. An eight-page bibliography of educational research in this area and a definition of neo-marxism are also included. (IS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).