ERIC Number: EJ942241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
The Ethos of Critical Research and the Idea of a Coming Research Community
Simons, M.; Masschelein, J.; Quaghebeur, K.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v37 n6 p817-832 Dec 2005
Critical educational research offers the researcher a position and an ethos of comfort. Even the declared recognition of the relativity of principles, norms or criteria so characteristic of much critical research does not prevent it from looking immediately for a way out of this uncomfortable situation i.e. to keep to the idea that comfort (for the researcher) is needed and desirable. However, we suggest that this uncomfortable condition is constitutive for critical educational research and may be even for education as such. Therefore the article can be considered as a genealogical analysis of this comfortable critical research, in which we show how the birth of the milieu of the modern school goes together with the instauration of two forms of a comfortable research "ethos": a research ethos rooted in a pastoral milieu and a research ethos rooted in a bureaucratic milieu. In the last section of the article we indicate that another "experimental" ethos of research is possible, including the acceptance of discomfort. This is the ethos of a critical researcher as an inhabitant of a coming research community and as being exposed to the present.
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