The Politics of Inquiry: Education Research and the

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

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

Argues against the “culture of science” currently dominating education discourse and in favor of a more critical understanding of various modes of inquiry.

In The Politics of Inquiry, Benjamin Baez and Deron Boyles critique recent trends in education research to argue against the “culture of science.” Using the National Research Council’s 2002 report Scientific Research in Education as a point of departure, they contend that the entire discourse on education science reflects a number of distinct but mutually constitutive political forces or movements that use science and education to shape what we can think, and, thus, what we can become. These forces include the attempts to restrict democracy via scientism; the uses of academic classifications for organizing the world into social groups; the imperatives of the informational society, which seek precision in order to convert the world into “data” for easy governing; and the effects of transnational capitalist exchanges, which convert everything into a cost-benefit analysis, and which make us all complicit in ways we do not fully grasp. Baez and Boyles examine these forces and offer an alternative to the current pushes to make educational inquiry scientific.

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ISBN-13: 9780791476888
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Pages: 249
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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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