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ERIC Number: EJ783871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0273-446X
Rural Science Education Research and the Frameworks that Give It Form
Oliver, J. Steve
Rural Educator, v28 n3 p1-3 Spr 2007
Research in science education has evolved rapidly over the past ten to twelve years due to the growth of two components of most published research. Though it might be argued that they are not really new, these two components are today necessarily explicit whereas they were more implicit in the past. As research has become increasingly qualitative and constructivist, the idea that describing precisely the theoretical base from which one's work grows has taken on much greater significance, thus the term "theoretical framework" which is incorporated into the lexicon of educational research. Likewise, if research is conducted for which the primary data sources are interviews and observations, it becomes necessary to describe how the researchers will know when they have found a result that has meaning or perhaps importance. And the "how do we know" questions fall under the heading epistemological framework. Thus emerged a partner for the theoretical framework: the epistemological framework. In this article the author talks about rural science education research and the significance of the two frameworks for rural education research that give it form.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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