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ERIC Number: EJ788704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
Reply to Tone Kvernbekk and Ann Lewis
Tangen, Reidun
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v23 n2 p171-172 May 2008
The purpose of this reply to Kvernbekk and Lewis's comments regarding the discussion on epistemological and ethical problems of listening to children's voices, is not to propose a coherent foundation free from any epistemological tensions. Rather, Tangen's intent is primarily to explore different perspectives in order to disclose some of their possible contributions to understanding complex phenomena such as children's lives in schools and societies characterized by a multiplicity of dangers and contradictory values. For this purpose, some epistemological perspectives and methodological approaches are more promising than others. The author's argument against empiricism is not that it will force all research to become nomothetical; it could as well be idiographical, as Kvernbekk says. Tangen's assertion is that empiricism implies a monological definition of the subject, not a dialogical one. In addition, empiricism seems to face an unsolvable contradiction between epistemological subjectivism and alleged objectivism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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