Thinking in Education Research

Thinking in Education Research : Applying Philosophy and Theory

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Thinking in Education Research examines the resources available from philosophy and theory that can be practically applied to any educational research project. Nick Peim argues that the current well-established divide between theory and the empirical in research methods is unhelpful to students. Instead, Thinking in Education Research looks at major lines of thinking in modern European philosophy, from Kant to Freud and Derrida to Malabou, and how they provide a rich resource for every stage of conducting research. By getting students engaged in `how to think' and `how to do', Peim illustrates that thinking is in fact a vital part of how you do research and is not an aside.

Essential aspects of the research endeavour are re-examined in the light of key philosophical positions to offer constructive potential, including:

- defining the object;
- giving an account of the field;
- the relation to truth;
- the process of writing and constructing a case; and
- the value attributed to formal knowledge.

Thinking in Education Research does not try to resolve the unresolved issues of research thinking but rather encourages readers to productively engage with them so that we can enhance the possibilities of research practice and find opportunities for its expansion and refinement.

Throughout the chapters, clear and concise summaries of key philosophical positions and ideas are complemented with boxed accounts of how the philosophical debates discussed can be applied to real research projects. These features encourage the reader to consider how they can develop thinking and apply theory at every stage of their own research. This is essential reading for any educational research methods student or practicing researcher for important ways of thinking afresh about research methodology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472591070
  • 9781472591074
  • 1,043,705

Table of contents

1. Introduction: What is the Role of Thinking?
2. What is Philosophical about Research?
3. What is the Object?
4. What about the Role of the Researcher?
5. Is the Truth Out There?
6. What about Time, Place and World?
7. What is the Role of Narrative?
8. Why Does Language Matter?
9. New Bearings in Significance and Value?
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Review quote

The search for the validation of a particular paradigm of educational research is problematized by Nick Peim in the effort to identify a shift away from the hegemonic structure of the current empiricist paradigm under the rhetoric of an evidence-based goal. Shifting from a search for certainty in the form of standardized research protocols and the brute data that provide the paradigm its legitimacy requires intentional inquiry into the research project. Thinking in Education Research provides a foundation for this renewal and rethinking of research. * Paul Parkison, Associate Professor, University of North Florida, USA * Throw away your handbooks, abandon the well-trodden avenues of educational research, and give upon the idea that education must, before all else, be improved. This book is a rare invitation to think the unthinkable in educational research. * Ansgar Allen, Lecturer in Education, University of Sheffield, UK *
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About Nick Peim

Nick Peim is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of Critical Theory and the English Teacher (1993), and co-author of Introduction to Education Studies (2001) and Rethinking the Education Improvement Agenda (2011). He has taught for over ten years on research methods courses at the University of Birmingham, UK.
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