ERIC Number: EJ883345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 11
"Response to Comments": Straw Makeovers, Dogmatic Holism, and Interesting Conversation
Howe, Kenneth R.
Educational Researcher, v38 n6 p463-466 2009
This paper presents the author's response to commentaries by Eric Bredo, R. Burke Johnson, and Linda Tillman on his article "Positivist Dogmas, Rhetoric, and the Education Science Question." Each of the commentaries goes beyond merely characterizing and assessing the author's analysis to also suggest an alternative emphasis, if not an alternative general approach. Although the author makes a few observations about these alternatives, his focus is on providing rejoinders to certain characterizations and assessments of his analysis. He begins with Johnson's long list of challenges, from which he culls the most general. In his view, Johnson consistently misses the mark. He next responds to Bredo, who agrees with much of his analysis but thinks he goes too far in his rejection of positivism, trading a "dogmatic reductionism" for a "dogmatic holism." He then responds to Tillman, who also agrees with much but thinks the author should have gone farther in tracing out the undesirable implications of the new orthodoxy for education research, particularly vis-a-vis research that focuses on culture and marginalized groups.
Descriptors: Beliefs, Educational Research, Ethics, Statistical Analysis, Epistemology, Pragmatics, Qualitative Research
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