ERIC Number: ED393898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-9
Research Methods, Ideology, and Values.
Aper, Jeffery P.
There have been ongoing debates among educational researchers over the appropriateness of various research methods. This paper begins with the contention that these differences in methodological orientation are in large part reflections of the broader ideological and value convictions of the researchers themselves. A critical point to be made, however, is that methodological and ideological differences need not lead to unresolvable relativism in the search for meaning in research of all kinds. There are meaningful criteria for assessing a wide array of research conducted under divergent methodologies. In fact, common values and social purposes would seem to underlie most, if not all, educational research in the United States. Ultimately, our first concern should be for the relevance of research findings. From this perspective, debate over preferred Methodologies need not be "resolved," since it is out of this dialectical, if untidy, process that values, methods, and application can mix to provide a closer connection between research and practice. (Contains 53 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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