Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education

Education, Culture and Epistemological Diversity

Mapping a Disputed Terrain

Editors: Ruitenberg, Claudia W., Phillips, D.C. (Eds.)

  • Provides a discussion of epistemology accessible to a wide range of educational researchers
  • Does not attempt to settle or simplify the issue but contributes to an intelligent debate
  • Demonstrates the possibility of collaboration across theoretical traditions
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In the recent educational research literature, it has been asserted that ethnic or cultural groups have their own distinctive epistemologies, and that these have been given short shrift by the dominant social group.  Educational research, then, is pursued within a framework that embodies assumptions about knowledge and knowledge production that reflect the interests and historical traditions of this dominant group. In such arguments, however, some relevant philosophical issues remain unresolved, such as what claims about culturally distinctive epistemologies mean, precisely, and how they relate to traditional epistemological distinctions between beliefs and knowledge. Furthermore, can these ways of establishing knowledge stand up to critical scrutiny? This volume marshals a variety of resources to pursue such open questions in a lively and accessible way: a critical literature review, analyses from philosophers of education who have different positions on the key issues, a roundtable discussion, and interactions between the two editors, who sometimes disagree. It also employs the work of prominent feminist epistemologists who have investigated parallel issues with sophistication. This volume does not settle the question of culturally distinctive epistemologies, but teases out the various philosophical, sociological and political aspects of the issue so that the debate can continue with greater clarity.

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From the reviews:

What do we mean by "epistemological difference?" This timely and useful volume exposes and explores the theoretical issues raised by the encounter of cultures and social experiences that differently shape cognitive pursuits and standards of evaluation.  It is essential reading for thinkers about knowledge, its cultivation, and its communication in our 21st century interconnected world.

Helen E. Longino
Clarence Irving Lewis Professor in Philosophy, Stanford University, USA

“The central focus in this attractive book … as a volume in Springer’s Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education series, is on a concept that has gained substantial popularity in recent years―as well as some notoriety, as a few of the writings here illustrate. … an eminently readable and engaging book, a timely volume that will be of great interest and benefit not only to philosophers and theorists in education, but also to graduate students, and to educators working in multicultural environments.”

Kai Horsthemke, Science & Education, June, 2012


…”The recently published edited collection by Claudia Ruitenberg and Denis Phillips (with the collaboration of Lorraine Code, Jon Levisohn, Harvey Siegel, and Lynda Stone) on epistemic diversity is in more than one sense interesting and unusual. It is interesting, firstly, because of its format—a collection in which the majority of the contributions are written by the two editors. Secondly, it offers comments at various points on the preceding chapters and that not in a single editorial voice; both editors engage themselves with the positions of others but also with each other’s position in what amounts to an internal dialogue.”

Paul Smeyers, Ghent University and KU Leuven, Belgium.
Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 47, No. 2, 2013
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-9752



Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ruitenberg, Claudia W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • A Critical Review of Representative Sources on Multicultural Epistemology

    Phillips, D. C. (et al.)

    Pages 11-38

  • Charting the Reefs: A Map of Multicultural Epistemology

    Levisohn, Jon A. (et al.)

    Pages 39-63

  • Epistemological Diversity and Education Research: Much Ado About Nothing Much?

    Siegel, Harvey

    Pages 65-84

  • Taking Subjectivity into Account

    Code, Lorraine

    Pages 85-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education, Culture and Epistemological Diversity
Book Subtitle
Mapping a Disputed Terrain
Editors
  • Claudia W. Ruitenberg
  • D.C. Phillips
Series Title
Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2066-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2066-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2065-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3752-5
Series ISSN
2214-9759
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 162
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