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ERIC Number: EJ1009156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
On the Epistemology of Narrative Research in Education
Caduri, Galit
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v47 n1 p37-52 Feb 2013
The purpose of this article is to explore the epistemological foundations of narrative research in education. In particular, I seek to explain how one can obtain knowledge, given its origin in teachers' subjective experiences. The problem with rhetorical and aesthetic criteria that narrative researchers use to warrant their knowledge claims is not that they don't meet a correspondence criterion of truth as post-positivists contend, but rather that they fail to connect teachers' "ethical views" with "their practice." Since narrative research is aimed at "understanding" teachers' actions and not at seeking some kind of mechanism in teachers' behaviour, the link between past experiences and present teaching practice is not causal but teleological. I suggest that although the knowledge claims of narrative researchers may not be "justified" (because they don't meet the criteria of truth as correspondence theory), we might nonetheless be intellectually "entitled" to accept them. Entitlement is an epistemic right or warrant that constitutes knowledge as justification, but uses different reasons--teleological not causal explanations. I offer three criteria to establish entitlement to accept narrative researchers' findings: (1) the meeting of rhetorical standards such as plausibility, adequacy, and persuasion; (2) the inclusion of teachers' stories about their pedagogical practice; (3) the meeting of ethical criteria that connects a teacher's actions to an articulate and defensible end-in-view or vision of the good. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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