Educational Research

Educational Research: Discourses of Change and Changes of Discourse

Editors: Smeyers, Paul, Depaepe, Marc (Eds.)

  • Challenges prevailing ideas about the “application” of philosophy and history of education
  • Demonstrates in a unique way how philosophical and historical approaches are relevant for the practice and theory of education and for educational research
  • Debates the historical and philosophical complexities and constraints concerning discourses of change and the change of discourse in the educational field 
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This collection addresses concepts and theories of change, contexts and functions of reform discourses, and fields of change in educational research. It examines a wide variety of issues such as girls’ education in France, educational neuroscience, the professionalization in Child Protection, and mathematics discourses. It pays attention to the pervasiveness of crisis rhetoric in American Education Research, to the current university climate, and to perspectives for teacher education. The volume presents in-depth studies that integrate the perspective of history and philosophy of education.

Educational research has been typically carried out within a discourse of change: changing educational practice, changing policy, or changing the world. Sometimes these expectations have been grand, as in claims of emancipation; sometimes they have been more modest, as in research as a support for specific reforms. This book explores the answers to such questions as: Are these expectations justified? How have these discourses of change themselves changed over time? What have researchers meant by change, and related concepts such as reform, improvement, innovation, progress and the new? Does this teleological and hopeful discourse itself reflect a particular historical and national/cultural point of view? Is it over promising for educational research to claim to solve social problems, and are these properly understood as educational problems? In doing so, it challenges prevailing ideas about the application of philosophy and history of education, and demonstrates the relevance of philosophical and historical approaches for the practice and theory of education and for educational research.

This publication, as well as the ones that are mentioned in the preliminary pages of this work, were realized by the Research Community (FWO Vlaanderen / Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium) Philosophy and History of the Discipline of Education: Faces and Spaces of Educational Research.



Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Mutual Dependencies: ‘Change’ and ‘Discourse’

    Smeyers, Paul (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Technology, Education, and the Fetishization of the ‘New’

    Burbules, Nicholas C.

    Pages 9-16

  • Managing Change and the Language of Change

    Smith, Richard

    Pages 17-27

  • How Is It Possible to Make a Difference? Agency, Actors, and Affect as Discourses of Change in Education Research

    Fendler, Lynn

    Pages 29-43

  • ‘Too Busy for Thoughts’: Stress, Tiredness and Finding a Home in the University

    Hodgson, Naomi

    Pages 45-55

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Educational Research: Discourses of Change and Changes of Discourse
Editors
  • Paul Smeyers
  • Marc Depaepe
Series Title
Educational Research
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30456-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30456-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30455-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 227
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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