ERIC Number: ED274719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Reporting and Using Educational Research: Conviction or Persuasion? Occasional Paper No. 96.
This paper examines what rhetoric used in communicating with general audiences is appropriate to educational research as a form of knowing. Answers to this question depend not only on characteristics of knowledge, but also on what one considers a defensible goal in research reporting. Assuming that this goal is communicating authorized convictions rather than mere opinions or persuasive bias, the paper discusses standard difficulties of explaining research claims in written reports. The rhetoric of explanation is compatible with making the most of research knowledge, in a defensible way, and with bringing educational research and practice together for good purpose, namely, to educate. However, explaining research values and interests involves much more than disclosure, explanatory writing can become too discursive, and persuasion is sometimes unavoidable as a means for helping others acquire authorized convictions. The problem is how to walk the thin line between convincing explanation and mere persuasion. (Author/JAZ)
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Communication Skills, Educational Research, Expository Writing, Persuasive Discourse, Research Reports, Research Utilization, Rhetoric, Technical Writing
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($3.25).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.