ERIC Number: EJ924015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Is Educational Research Any Use?
Gingell, John; Winch, Christopher
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v25 n1-2 p77-91 Mar 2006
We begin by examining the widespread scepticism about the value of empirical educational research that is found within sections of the philosophy of education community. We argue that this scepticism, in its strongest form, is incoherent as it suggests that there are no educational facts susceptible of discovery. On the other hand, if there are such facts, then commonsense is not an adequate way of accessing them, due to its own contested and variable nature. We go on to examine the claim that teaching is a moral enterprise whose successful pursuit demands the grasp of moral concepts and their implications. We show that while this is the case, it is a necessary, not a sufficient condition for successful teaching, which also requires a grasp of facts that are relevant to effective teaching and learning. Finally we examine some protocols for educational research.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Research, Educational Philosophy, Teaching (Occupation), Moral Values
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