Philosophy and Education

Closing Methodological Divides

Toward Democratic Educational Research

Authors: Howe, K.R.

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The issues I treat in this book—qualitative versus quantitative methods, facts versus values, science versus politics, subjectivity versus objectivity, postm- ernism versus pragmatism, to name a few—are at the core of a lively, sometimes divisive, conversation that has been unfolding in the theory and practice of e- cational research for some time. These issues fall squarely within the province of philosophy, and thus philosophical investigation has an especially useful contribution to make. But these issues are by no means the exclusive province of philosophy; they are ones in which a diverse group of educational theorists have had a keen interest and about which they have had important things to say. The conversation I hope to join—and to move forward—is this broad and inclusive one. Philosophy of education is at its best when it dives headlong into the fray. The book borrows liberally from my previously published work, but is far from a simple compilation. The ideas developed in Chapter 7, “On the Threat of Epistemological Bias,” are new. The ideas developed in Chapter 9, “Toward Democratic Educational Research,” are a significant extension of the application of similar ideas to evaluation research. The ideas developed in Chapter 4, “The Persistence of the Fact/Value Dogma,” are in a form and at a level of detail not published before. Finally, Chapter 1, “Introduction and Overview,” weaves together my thinking on a large array of issues on educational research methodology that had only been loosely connected before.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Pages 1-11

  • Two Dogmas of Educational Research

    Pages 15-27

  • The Quantitative Qualitative Dogma, the Incompatibility Thesis, and the Pragmatic Alternative

    Pages 29-45

  • The Persistence of the Fact/Value Dogma: A Characterization and Critique of the “Received View”

    Pages 47-62

  • The Interpretive Turn

    Pages 65-79

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Closing Methodological Divides
Book Subtitle
Toward Democratic Educational Research
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy and Education
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47984-7
DOI
10.1007/0-306-47984-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1164-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1226-6
Series ISSN
0923-9065
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 157
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