ERIC Number: ED390674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
A Critical Examination of Relevance in Science Education Research.
Bodner, George M.; MacIsaac, Daniel L.
There is a growing sense of frustration among members of the science education research community that results from the fact that the impact of research in science education on classroom practice has been disappointing. In this theoretical paper, the questions of relevance and accountability in science education research are first reviewed and then addressed via comparison of the two most prevalent research methodologies: causal empirical-analytic, and naturalistic-hermeneutic. Critical theory and action research are proposed as alternative paradigms. A study planned at Purdue University (Indiana) is discussed in terms of the three interpretations. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April 22-25, 1995).