Teachers as Researchers: Qualitative Inquiry as a Path to Empowerment

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"This book urges teachers - as both producers and consumers of knowledge - to engage in the debate about educational research by undertaking meaningful research themselves." "Teachers are now being encouraged to carry out research in order to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, but this book suggests that they also reflect on and challenge the reductionist and technicist methods that promote a 'top-down' system of education. The author, a leading proponent of qualitative research, argues that only by engaging in complex, critical
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Overview

"This book urges teachers - as both producers and consumers of knowledge - to engage in the debate about educational research by undertaking meaningful research themselves." "Teachers are now being encouraged to carry out research in order to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, but this book suggests that they also reflect on and challenge the reductionist and technicist methods that promote a 'top-down' system of education. The author, a leading proponent of qualitative research, argues that only by engaging in complex, critical research will teachers rediscover their professional status, empower their practice in the classroom and improve the quality of education for their pupils." Postgraduate students of education and experienced teachers will find much to inspire and encourage them in this book. Updated and revised for this new edition, it retains both its clarity and insistence on sound research practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415276450
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2002
  • Series: Teachers' Library Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: Positivistic Standards and the Bizarre Educational World of the Twenty-first Century 1
Ch. 2 Teachers as Researchers, Good Work, and Troubled Times 22
Ch. 3 Connecting Knower and Known: Constructing an Emancipating System of Meaning 48
Ch. 4 Exploring Assumptions Behind Educational Research: Defining Positivism in a Neo-Positivist Era 71
Ch. 5 What Constitutes Knowledge? 91
Ch. 6 Purposes of Research: The Concept of Instrumental Rationality 110
Ch. 7 The Quest for Certainty 141
Ch. 8 Verifiability and the Concept of Rigor in Qualitative Research 159
Ch. 9 The Value of the Qualitative Dimension 188
Ch. 10 Values, Objectivity and Ideology 206
Ch. 11 The Foundations of Teacher Research: A Sample Syllabus 226
References 255
Name Index 280
Subject Index 287
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