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ERIC Number: ED493254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 208
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-3352-1401-0
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research. Conducting Educational Research
Berry, Kathleen; Kincheloe, Joe
Open University Press
What does it mean to engage in rigorous research? What does a researcher need to know to produce such research? What is specifically involved in multiple method bricolage research? In an era where talk abounds about scientific rigour and evidence-based research in education, this groundbreaking book presents a new and compelling examination of these concepts. Arguing that much of what is promoted as "rigorous inquiry" is reductionistic and ultimately misleading, the authors present an alternative to such approaches to educational inquiry. This book provides readers with an understanding of the complexities of educational research, and of the interrelationships between multiple methods, theoretical perspectives, philosophical orientations, social positionalities, modes of power, and narrative strategies. The authors use the French term "bricolage" to signify the use of a variety of research tools and ways of seeing. The book then constructs a new conception of rigour in research that is culturally sensitive and socially transformative, and shows researchers how to use multiple methods. After developing this approach, the authors devise a practical process of initiating researchers into the "bricolage," and provide concrete examples and guidelines for using this innovative approach. This book contains the following seven chapters: (1) Introduction: The Power of the Bricolage: Expanding Research Methods (Joe L. Kincheloe); (2) Redefining Rigor and Complexity in Research (Joe L. Kincheloe); (3) Questions of Disciplinarity/Interdisciplinarity in a Changing World (Joe L. Kincheloe); (4) Redefining and Interpreting the Object of Study (Joe L. Kincheloe); (5) Structures of Bricolage and Complexity (Kathleen S. Berry); (6) Feedback Looping for Increasing Complexity (Kathleen S. Berry); and (7) Bricolage Is Many a New Thing Understood (Kathleen S. Berry). A list of references is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
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