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Philosophy, Methodology and Educational Research

Philosophy, Methodology and Educational Research

David Bridges (Editor), Richard D. Smith (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14513-8

Oct 2007

372 pages

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This book evaluates the increasingly wide variety of intellectual resources for research methods and methodologies and investigates what constitutes good educational research.

  • Written by a distinguished international group of philosophers of education
  • Questions what sorts of research can usefully inform policy and practice, and what inferences can be drawn from different kinds of research
  • Demonstrates the critical engagement of philosophers of education with the wider educational research community and illustrates the benefits that can accrue from such engagement
1. Introduction: David Bridges and Richard Smith.

2. The Myth of ‘Scientific Method’ in Contemporary Educational Research: Darrell Rowbottom and Sarah Aiston.

3. As if by Machinery: the Levelling of Educational Research: Richard Smith.

4. ‘A demented form of the familiar’: Postmodernism and Educational Research: Maggie MacLure.

5. The Disciplines and Discipline of Educational Research: David Bridges.

6. Consistency, Understanding and Truth in Educational Research: Andrew Davis.

7. No Harm Done: The Implications for Educational Research of the Rejection of Truth: Stefan Ramaekers.

8. The Quantitative-Qualitative Distinction and the Null Hypothesis Significance Testing Procedure: Nimal Ratnesar and Jim Mackenzie.

9. A View from Somewhere: Explaining the Paradigms of Educational Research: Hanan Alexander.

10. Philosophy, Methodology and Action Research: Wilfred Carr.

11. Educational Research as a Form of Democratic Rationality: John Elliott.

12. Philosophical Research and Educational Action Research: Marianna Papastephanou.

13. Why Generalisability is not Generalisable: Lynn Fendler.

14. On Generalising from Single Case Studies: Epistemological Reflections: Colin W. Evers and Echo H. Wu.

15. Epistemological Issues in Phenomenological Research: How Authoritative are People’s Accounts of their own Perceptions?: Bas Levering.

16. Reasons and Causes in Educational Research: Overcoming Dichotomies and Other Conceptual Confusions: Paul Smeyers.

17. Philosophy’s Contribution to Social Science Research on Education: Martin Hammersley.

18. US Graduate Study in Education Research: From Methodology to Potential Totalization: Lynda Stone.

19. Shovelling Smoke? The Experience of Being a Philosopher on a Research Training Programme: Judith Suissa.

20. Induction into Educational Research Networks: The Striated and the Smooth: Naomi Hodgson and Paul Standish.

21. The Contested Nature of Empirical Educational Research (and Why Philosophy of Education Offers Little Help): D.C. Phillips.

22. On the Limits of Empirical Educational Research, Beyond the Fantasy: A Rejoinder to D.C. Phillips: Paul Smeyers.


  • Written by a distinguished international group of philosophers of education
  • Questions what sorts of research can usefully inform policy and practice, and what inferences can be drawn from different kinds of research
  • Demonstrates the critical engagement of philosophers of education with the wider educational research community and illustrates the benefits that can accrue from such engagement