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Policy Orientated Research: the seduction of science and the teacher researcher

Avis, James (1993) Policy Orientated Research: the seduction of science and the teacher researcher. Educational Review, 45 (3). pp. 195-204. ISSN 0013-1911

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This paper focuses on the way methodological debates in the social sciences are appropriated by teacher researchers to inform practice. It argues Hammersley's prescriptions for ethnography and the development of the sociology of education, if taken up by teacher researchers, leads to a truncated practice. A practice that folds into empiricism and has difficulty in grasping the complexities of social relations and therefore produces an inadequate practice. This aligns with pre‐occupations present in the training of teacher researchers which focuses on the solution of immediate practical problems. An alternative model of educational research would recognise our positionality as researchers and take seriously the notions of oppression and social antagonism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 09:33
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 09:33


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