The Politics of Inquiry: Education Research and the ''Culture of Science''

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Argues against the “culture of science” currently dominating education discourse and in favor of a more critical understanding of various modes of inquiry.
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“…in this clear and cogently argued book, Baez and Boyles expose how particular social, political, and economic forces, including the rise of globalization and neoliberalism, shape this increasingly dominant view of science, research, and education.” — Education and Culture

“…should be required reading for those who seek to defend academic freedom and democratic thought in today’s threatened academy.” — CHOICE

“I loved this book.” — Patti Lather, Teachers College Record

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791476888
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Baez is Associate Professor of Higher Education at Florida International University and coeditor (with Marybeth Gasman and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner) of Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions, also published by SUNY Press.

Deron Boyles is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Georgia State University and editor of The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 On "Education Research" 1

2 On Scientism and Positivism: John Dewey and Education Research 35

3 Degrees of Distinction: Education Doctoral Study and the "Culture of Science" 71

4 "Governing" Science: The Scientific Imaginary and the Creation of People in the Information Age 119

5 Entrepreneurship and the "Grants Culture": Privatization of Research and Academic Freedom 167

Epilogue 213

Bibliography 217

Index 233

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