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ERIC Number: EJ805688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1712-851X
It's We, the Researchers, Who Are in Need of Renovation
Bekerman, Zvi
Journal of Research Practice, v2 n1 article P1 2006
The author has been teaching qualitative research in education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for some years now. He has a sense that dealing with the issues of research methodology is of importance if researchers do indeed consider anthropology and qualitative methods to have something to contribute to improve the world in which they live. The author writes this short note out of a commitment to empirical research in the social sciences, emphasizing that which is observed and experienced, and recognizing the complexity of studying that which is human. In this article, he reflects on his experience as a learner looking for ways to understand educational practice through methods able to capture its complexity. He then reflects on his experience as a teacher of anthropology and education, and considers the problems he encounters when trying to share his trade with his students. He hints at the potential connection between the political organizations within which researchers evolve and the paradigmatic perspectives which seem to become an obstacle in overcoming traditional empirical perspectives in the social sciences in general and in education in particular. Last, he considers multiple literacies as tools which might help researchers realize the problems mentioned and emphasizes that these do not belong only in the world outside but also inside their immediate academic settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel