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ERIC Number: EJ907904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Respecting the Struggle: Deciding What to Research and Why
Rex, Lesley A.
Australian Educational Researcher, v37 n1 p1-19 Apr 2010
In this paper, the author addresses the circumstances of education research knowledge at this time in history. She begins by referring to the keynote talks by Erika McWilliams and Bill Green, who take up the issue of knowledge-building through research in education and how to regard it productively and hopefully as researchers move forward. She speaks to the conference theme--"Inspiring Innovative Research by Creating Global Networks". She launches an argument for not only the inevitability but also the ethical imperative for researchers to disseminate their research-produced knowledge to education stakeholders through accessible global resource networks. Drawing from philosophy, research and her own work, the author explains the stance she advocates researchers should assume to do so, and the difficulties of that charge. She asserts that researchers are well advised, and should not be disheartened, to describe what they do as "standing on quicksand" and "twisting in the wind". There is opportunity to be seen and seized in this condition. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States