ERIC Number: EJ980505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
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Researching Professional Educational Practice: The Case for "Dirty Theory"
Hardy, Ian J.
Educational Theory, v62 n5 p517-533 Oct 2012
In this essay, Ian Hardy argues that a research process involving generalizing from professional educational practice can and should inform the work of educators, including academic researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, but that these generalizations need to be derived from, and in dialogue with, the complexity and specificity of actual practice, the myriad ways such practice might be understood, and a conception of practice as historically informed. In making this case, Hardy draws upon social theorist Raewyn Connell's concept of "dirty theory," and he uses an example of teacher professional learning in a rural community in southeast Queensland, Australia, to show how Connell's notion of dirty theory might be applied to research professional educational practice. Hardy maintains that such an approach has the benefit of making historically informed, context-aware, and epistemologically sensitive generalizations available as resources for informing the work of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. He concludes by providing examples of such generalizations as evidence of the potential of Connell's theory. (Contains 32 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Evidence, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Practices, Researchers, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Theories, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia