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ERIC Number: ED542467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Getting over Epistemology and Treating Theory as a Recyclable Source of "Things"
Kusznirczuk, John
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
This paper challenges the way in which we are inclined to treat theory and suggests that our tendency to privilege it over method is counterproductive. Some consequences of privileging theory are pointed out and a remedy is proposed. The remedy entails a number of "reversals" in the way we treat theory and method in maths education research, the foremost of which is to privilege method and "treat theory as a recyclable source of "things."" The notion of "reversal" is presented here only in passing and the application of the proposed treatment is briefly illustrated in the context of this researcher's own work. (Contains 19 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)