Realism and Educational Research: New Perspectives and Possibilities

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Overview

Although the literature of social research covers a vast range of material, there has been little on the role of social theory in educational research. In this respect, David Scott's book covers an important gap in the market, as it focuses on the centrality of social theory in a variety of empirical projects. The volume covers a range of conceptual and theoretical discussions and subsequently applies these concepts to our analysis of empirical studies. As a consequence, it is a volume that deserves to be read widely by students and researchers alike.

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Scott (curriculum, Open U., England) critiques traditional perspectives on knowledge and educational research and proposes what he calls a realist framework as an alternative. Issues addressed include objectivity, the theory-practice relationship, and mathematical modelling. The second part examines a series of controversial debates which have taken place in the field of education on such themes as school effectiveness, race, and postmodernism. Power issues in education settings are reviewed, with reference to the research community itself. Discussion also covers how educational research is now being technicized and educational researchers are being made accountable using evaluative methods which trivialize and distort their findings. Intended for educational researchers, students, and educational policy makers. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

David Scott is a senior lecturer in curriculum at the Open University and the editor of The Curriculum Journal. He has previously worked in the field of educational research at the universities of Warwick, Southampton and London. He has edited Understanding Educational Research with Robin Usher published by Routledge and is currently writing a book on educational literacy to be published by Falmer Press.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Theorising Educational Research 9
2 The Contested Nature of Educational Research 11
3 Educational Knowledge 26
4 Mathematical Modelling 36
5 Theory into Practice 49
Pt. 2 Disciplinary Knowledge 61
6 School Effectiveness Research 63
7 Education Policy 76
8 Biography and Auto-biography 95
9 Researching 'Race' and 'Ethnicity' 112
10 Post-modernism 121
11 Afterthoughts: Changing Knowledge of Relatively Unchanging Entities 132
Notes 145
References 153
Author Index 162
Subject Index 164
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