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Work based knowledge, evidence informed practice and education

Avis, James (2003) Work based knowledge, evidence informed practice and education. British Journal of Educational Studies, 51 (4). pp. 369-390. ISSN 0007-1005

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This paper starts from an examination of an epistemological framework that underpins practice in particular educational contexts. It examines work-based knowledge, relating this to practitioner research and evidence informed practice. This is followed by an exploration of arguments that call for increased rigour in educational research as well as the use of systematic reviews. The paper examines tensions within educational research located in particular institutional contexts which draw upon 'post-modern' conceptualisations of practice, setting these against research concerned with generalisability that veers towards traditional positivist claims. The paper concludes by suggesting that such arguments readily fold back into a conservative empiricism and a more appropriate position should be based upon dialogue across a range of constituents. However, such a notion needs to recognise social antagonism as well as aspirations towards the deepening of notions of social justice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: UoA 45 (Education) © Blackwell Publishing Ltd. and SES 2003
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge, educational research, systematic reviews
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2007
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