Values and Educational Research

Paperback / softback, 130 pages, 210 mm x 148 mm
1 Jun 1999
Institute of Education

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Educational research theorists have accepted that different methods are appropriate in different circumstances: that a multi-method approach is therefore the best option. This has given a spurious legitimacy to the idea that members of the education research community share a common purpose, a common way of looking at educational matters and a common epistemology. The contributors to this book demonstrate that this is far from true. They offer six different perspectives on the relationship that is central to the creation of knowledge about educational systems, institutions and actors: between the knower and what they come to know. They argue that this aspect must be examined whether education research is conceptualized as value-free or value-impregnated. The book moves from a defence of the principle of value neutrality, through a position of partial and context-dependant detachment, to a discussion of post-modern perspectives. Further chapters address the practice of educational hermeneutics, reflexivity in educational research and the need for value introspection in methodology.

  • David Scott

    Senior Lecturer in Curriculum, School of Education

    Open University

  • Michael Erben

    Lecturer in the School of Education

    University of Southampton

  • Martyn Hammersley

    Professor of Educational and Social Research, School of Education

    Open University

  • Iram Siraj-Blatchford

    Iram Siraj-Blatchford is currently Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. At the time of publication, she was Senior Lecturer.

  • John Siraj-Blatchford

    Lecturer in Education

    University of Durham

  • Robin Usher

    Professor of Education

    RMIT, Bundoora, Australia

  • Paddy Walsh

    At the time of publication, Paddy Walsh was Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London.

1 Introduction by David Scott
2 Taking Sides against Research: An Assessment of the Rationales for Partisanship by Martyn Hammersley
3 Values and Objectivity in Education Research: The Need for Nuance by Paddy Walsh
4 Overstepping the Limits: Postmodernism and the Research Process by Robin Usher
5 The Biographic and the Educative: A Question of Values by Michael Erben
6 Reflexivity, Social Justice and Educational Research by Iram Siraj-Blatchford and John Siraj-Blatchford
7 Endpiece: Reaching an Agreement about Rationality by David Scott