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Applying Theory to Educational Research: An Introductory Approach with Case Studies / Edition 1

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Applying Theory to Educational Research: An Introductory Approach with Case Studies / Edition 1

Applying Theory to Educational Research provides educationalresearchers with an accessible introduction to the process ofselecting and applying theories in their work.

  • Offers an innovative and accessible approach to educationalresearch by providing practical examples of the application oftheory
  • Gives 'hands-on' accounts for the researcher andpractitioner
  • Explains and discusses complex ideas in the light ofexperience in using and applying them
  • Covers the application of major theorists such as Bourdieu,Foucault, Weber, Derrida, and Vygotsky

For beginning researchers, theory can be one of the moststimulating – yet intellectually daunting – aspects ofacademic work. Applying Theory to Educational Researchprovides new educational researchers with a uniquely accessibleintroduction to the process of selecting and applying theories intheir own work. Written by a team of leading educationalistswriting from the perspective of new researchers, clearly structuredchapters introduce individual theorists and their ideas, presenttheir applications and limitations, and provide extensivereferences and suggestion for further reading. Major theorists suchas Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Max Weber, Jacques Derrida,and Lev Vygotsky are included, along with many more recenteducational theorists. Throughout the text, helpful hints andsignposts are provided to alert readers to the potential pitfallsof applying theory.

Innovative and illuminating, Applying Theory to EducationalResearch offers a wealth of practical insights that will pointthe way for novice researchers struggling to navigate an oftendaunting intellectual obstacle course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470972366
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jeff Adams is Professor of Education at the University ofChester and Principal Editor of the International Journal of Artand Design Education. He is the author of DocumentaryGraphic Novels and Social Realism (2008) and co-authorof Teaching Through Contemporary Art (2008).

Matt Cochrane is Senior Lecturer in Education at EdgeHill University. He is a co-author of Teaching Science(2009).

Linda Dunne is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow atEdge Hill University. She is a member of the British EducationalResearch Council.

Table of Contents

About the Contributors vii

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction 1
Jeff Adams, Matt Cochrane and Linda Dunne

Part I New Voices: Beginning Researchers Apply Theory11

1 Learning and Maintaining Professional Expertise Within aMulti-Professional Critical Care Team 15
Jill Cochrane

2 The 'Q' Standards and Initial Teacher Training: The DiscursiveFormation of Teachers and their Trainers 31
Paul Bartle

3 Power and Status Theories in Teachers' ProfessionalDevelopment 47
Karen Castle

4 The Process of Technology Learning: Applying Bruner's Theoryon Play, Discovery and Cultural Learning to the Acquisition of ICTCapability 61
Paula Beer

Part II Emergent Voices: Accounts by Researchers BecomingFamiliar with the Use of Theory 75

5 Teachers' Professional Identity: Theoretical Perspectives onWorkplace Learning in the Teaching Context 81
Rob Foster

6 Children's University Aspirations and the Effects of Culturaland Social Capital 95
Matt Cochrane

7 Finding Theory Through Collaborative Research 109
Clare Woolhouse

8 How Applying a Discourse-Based Approach to InvestigateInclusion Changed a Research Project and a Way of Thinking123
Linda Dunne

Part III Voices of Experience: Accounts by Researchers Versedin the Use of Theory 139

9 Should I be Singing This, and if So, How High?: TheoreticalApproaches to Boyhood and Masculinity 145
Martin Ashley

10 Theorizing from Bricolage: Researching Collaboration in Artand Design Education 157
Madeleine Sclater

11 Constructivism and the Pedagogy of Teacher Education:Reflections on Practice 175
Graham Rogers

12 Developing Professional Practice through Action Research:Theory-Generative Approaches in Practitioner Research 189
Mary McAteer

13 Art Practice as Education Research 203
Jeff Adams

Postscript 219
Jeff Adams, Matt Cochrane and Linda Dunne

Index 221

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From the Publisher

It is impossible to be in and of world with any degree offunctional success, without recourse to theory. Managing day to daylife, let alone engaging in the relatively esoteric pursuit ofresearch, demands some reasonably coherent framework of referencewithin which to make sense of experiences and perceptions. We needtheories – plausible explanations for what’s going on– to live and research by. When it comes to researchstudents, my experience is that they either fear or embrace theory.In sharing lived experiences of using theory, this book will helpto reassure the timid and excite the confident.
Pat Sikes, Professor in QualitativeInquiry, University of Sheffield, UK

Applying Theory to Educational Research offers atheoretically informed and thoroughly readable text for beginnerresearchers in the field of education. The book is grounded in theauthors’ own research interests through which concepts andideas of some of the key theorists in education are explored. A keystrength of the text is the way in which it makes difficult andpotentially daunting theoretical ideas and frameworks accessible.This innovative and student-friendly text will be an invaluableresource for all those new, and not so new, to the research processin the field of education.
Rosalyn George, Professor of Education andEquality, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

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