The chapters in this book outline the history and scope of educational research. They also discuss many of the major issues at stake in current debates, and exemplify the contrasting perspectives to be found in the literature.
This is the companion volume to Educational Research in Action (edited by Roger Gomm and Peter Woods). It is one of two course readers for The Open University course E824 Educational Research Methods.
PART ONE: THE NATURE OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
History of Educational Research
Qualitative Research Traditions
Self-Doubt and Soft Data
Objectivity in Educational Research
Subjectivity and Objectivity
PART TWO: DOING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
How to Think About Causality
Increasing the Generlizability of Qualitative Research
Problems of Sociological Fieldwork
Primary Teachers Talking
PART THREE: EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
What is an Educational Practice?
The Politics of Method
On the Teacher as Researcher