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Erickson, Ainsley T. – History of Education Quarterly, 2020
Carl Kaestle defines a generalization as "how we know when we know." Kaestle sketches a model of increasing certainty in historical claims as they are developed and refined at increasing scales of research, from local to international. A historical claim might originate in the study of a particular place or case, but to know that the…
Descriptors: Generalization, Generalizability Theory, Historical Interpretation, Archives
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Coloma, Roland Sintos – History of Education Quarterly, 2011
This article explores the epistemological innocence of the field of history of education. The author's interrogation of the field's regime of truth and its effects intends to enact what he is conceptualizing as a "self-reflexive historiography," a historiography that attends to the ways in which the field has constituted and turned historians of…
Descriptors: Historiography, Educational History, Genealogy, Historians
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Weiler, Kathleen – History of Education Quarterly, 2011
The three articles that make up this issue on theory in educational history are a welcome engagement with the challenges raised by poststructuralism and other theoretical developments. They contribute to what should be an ongoing conversation about the nature of the enterprise of writing the history of education. The three articles in the special…
Descriptors: Educational History, Theories, Theory Practice Relationship, Historiography
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Burstyn, Joan N. – History of Education Quarterly, 1987
Discusses five key factors historians should consider when writing history. The factors address the selection, construction, distribution, transmission, and legitimation of knowledge. Illustrates the importance of these factors with examples from a writing project about women. (RKM)
Descriptors: Educational History, Epistemology, Feminism, Higher Education
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Sloan, Douglas – History of Education Quarterly, 1985
The dominant conception of knowledge in modern consciousness and culture is examined, and some of its consequences are explored. Implications of the gap between knowledge and values with regard to our understanding of education are discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology
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Kaestle, Carl F. – History of Education Quarterly, 1992
Describes the difficulties that historians have in determining the truth about any historical event or issue. Contends that new areas of historical research, such as women's history, minority history, and radical history have diversified the concept of truth. Provides three sources of standards for truth to guide future historians. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational History, Epistemology, Higher Education, Historiography