ERIC Number: ED278594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Scholarship in Social Education: Issues from an Empirical, Meta-Analysis Research Perspective.
Shaver, James P.
This paper focuses on the lack of productive knowledge-building in social education research by raising issues related to the place of scholarship in the field, the nature of its goals, and whether empirical-scientific research can be carried out to meet those goals. Attention is drawn to the limits of educational research based on untenable assumptions about human behavior so that more fruitful perspectives on the role of research may be developed and so that future research undertakings may be more likely to produce knowledge to inform and sensitize decision-makers. The paper also examines the following topics: (1) teachers' lack of access to research findings and the limited use of such findings; (2) the contradiction between two goals of research: the desire to help practitioners and the desire to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge; (3) the appropriateness of the empirical-scientific approach in building knowledge; and (4) how meta-analysis fits into the research picture. (KWL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of the Social Studies (66th, New York, NY, November 14-17, 1986).