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ERIC Number: EJ1005501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Scale in Education Research: Towards a Multi-Scale Methodology
Noyes, Andrew
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v36 n2 p101-116 2013
This article explores some theoretical and methodological problems concerned with scale in education research through a critique of a recent mixed-method project. The project was framed by scale metaphors drawn from the physical and earth sciences and I consider how recent thinking around scale, for example, in ecosystems and human geography might offer helpful points and angles of view on the challenges of thinking spatially in education research. Working between the spatial metaphors of ecology scholars and the critiques of the human geographers, for example, the "hypercomplex" social space in Lefebvre's political-economic thinking and the "fluid, simultaneous, multiple spatialities" of Massey's post-structuralism, I problematize space and scale in education research. Interweaving these geographical ideas with Giddens' "structuration" and Bourdieu's "theory of practice," both of which employed what might be termed "scale-bridging" to challenge social science's entrenched paradigms, leads me to reconsider what is possible and desirable in the study of education systems. Following the spatial turn in the social sciences generally, there is an outstanding need to theorize multi-scale methodology for education research. (Contains 2 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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