Understanding Educational Research

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Education - 189 pages
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This book explores educational research in terms of the relationship between epistemology, methodology and practice. Divided into two sections, the first examines the frameworks which underpin the methods educational researchers use. The second looks at a broad spectrum of approaches, including feminist approaches, action research, ethnography and biographical research. The issues covered are central to all within the research community including students undertaking research degrees or research methodology courses.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Frameworks
7
A critique of the neglected epistemological assumptions of educational research
9
Textuality and reflexivity in educational research
33
Methods and data in educational research
52
Making judgements about educational research
74
Practices
89
Evaluation as realpolitik
91
Action research and reflective practice
106
Feminist approaches to research
120
Ethnography and education
143
The purposes and processes of biographical method
159
Afterword The politics of educational research
175
Name index
181
Subject index
185
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About the author (1996)

David Scott is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He is the author most recently of" Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment "(2004). Charles Hirschkind is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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