A Diagnostic reading of scientifically based research for education

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This essay offers a diagnosis of what may be at stake in the current preoccupation with defining science based educational research. The diagnosis unfolds in several readings: The first is a charitable and considerate appraisal that draws attention to the fact that advocating experimental methods as important to a science of educational research is not an inherently evil thing to do. Subsequent readings are grimmer, suggesting more deleterious consequences of the science-based research movement for the entire enterprise of educational practice and research. The central thesis of the essay is that making arguments about method and science the focal point in the current quarrel may be largely beside the point. Instead, educational researchers should join the political and public (not just the academic) conversation about the place of educational science in society and about how science is both implicated in and confronts the politics of what counts as knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-305
Number of pages21
JournalEducational Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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