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ERIC Number: EJ1260821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Writing Up and Down: The Language of Educational Research
Smith, Richard
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v54 n3 p666-678 Jun 2020
There is a marked tendency in educational research to marginalise the written word, and to be wary of what I here call its 'writerliness': its capacity to go beyond the prosaic and the utilitarian, where meaning is understood largely in terms of the success of language in reflecting reality. I note various symptoms of this in the world of educational research, but especially in standard textbooks of educational research method, where the ambition to eliminate writing is particularly evident. In its second half the paper turns to educational research as the investigation less of causes than of meaning. Here writing--finding the right words--is itself research, rather than a process that is first performed according to various protocols of method and then 'written up'. I draw on an illuminating discussion of this in Raimond Gaita's Introduction to recent editions of Peter Winch's "The Idea of a Social Science" and apply it to current debate over discipline in UK schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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