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Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
There has been considerable discussion in recent years about the role in educational research of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews (SR). Advocacy of these methods arose partly as a result of the spread of the notion of evidence-based practice from medicine into other fields, and of the rise of the "new public…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Models, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
This article addresses the perennial issue of the criteria by which qualitative research should be evaluated. At the present time, there is a sharp conflict between demands for explicit criteria, for example in order to serve systematic reviewing and evidence-based practice, and arguments on the part of some qualitative researchers that such…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Evaluation Criteria, Research Problems
Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 2005
Several writers have appealed to the literature on communities of practice as a way of thinking about the nature of educational research. In this paper, I look at the benefits and dangers of doing this. There seem to be two main sorts of lesson that have been drawn from this literature, one about research as an activity in its own right, the other…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Natural Sciences, Educational Research