ERIC Number: ED389726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Gazing in the Mirror: Asking Questions about Validity in Self-Study Research.
This consideration of validity issues in self-study research argues that issues of validity in such research are first and foremost moral arguments about educational practice. The arguments point to narrative study because versions of narrative work are considered a necessary component of self-study. Narrative research has been criticized on positivist, analytical, literary, and post-structuralist grounds, but the appropriateness of self-study as research is justified by the fact that professionals are always obligated to monitor their own performance. Teacher educators involved in self-study are submitting their understanding of morally principled professional action to the scrutiny of peers. If a self-study piece is to be valid, then the educational merit of the practice under study must be seen to be appropriate. All other debates about the validity of self-study research should be subservient to debates on the educational appropriateness of the professional practice that is the object of the self-study. (Contains 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).