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ERIC Number: EJ864582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Thinking Resources for Educational Research Methods and Methodology
Peim, Nick
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v32 n3 p235-248 Nov 2009
This paper considers the idea of a crisis in educational research. Some conventional expressions of that "crisis" are examined in terms of their assumptions about what is "proper" to educational research. The paper then affirms the role of "metaphysics" in educational research as a necessary dimension of method, as opposed to the naive assertion of the primacy of "craft" or of the simple rights of "practice". What has been referred to, contentiously, as "continental philosophy" is considered as providing occasions and resources for the heterogeneous renewal of research thinking in education--and therefore of research method. The specific positions of the papers gathered here are considered in their various engagements with issues of educational research method. This diverse range of ideas and possibilities is then set against the now familiar expressions of loss of homogeneity, crisis of coherence, value and purpose. An alternative perspective on the idea of a "research community", drawing on some further examples from contemporary "continental" philosophy, is proposed in answer to these laments. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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