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ERIC Number: EJ776797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Educational Research as a Practical Science
Carr, Wilfred
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v30 n3 p271-286 Nov 2007
This article offers a philosophical contribution to recent debates about the assessment of quality in educational research. It shows how criticisms of the quality of educational research--pointing to its failure to meet epistemic criteria of rigour and practical criteria of relevance--are an inevitable manifestation of the flawed assumption that educational research is to be understood as a species of modern social science. It draws on Furlong and Oancea's study of quality in practice-based research, Gadamer's critique of modern social science and Lagemann's historical account of the origins and evolution of educational research in the USA, to argue for a reconstruction of educational research as a species of Aristotelian practical science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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