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Title: Myth & method : a critique of educational research.
Author: Welch, Anthony R.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3565 5769
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 1988
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This thesis represents an attempt to develop a systematic critique of various forms of educational research, contemporary and historical. Much has been written on educational research, some of it critical of individual elements or styles, but little by way of the overt establishment of a set of criteria which is then applied to an understanding and critique of major forms of educational research, quantitative and qualitative, macro and micro. In this thesis, I attempt to develop such a set of criteria, to be drawn variously from selected literature in contemporary philosophy of science, and social theory and critique, which may then be so applied. The structure of the thesis, then, is to initially develop and justify a set of criteria. This is followed by an examination of dominant strains of educational research in the nineteenth century and earlier, according to these criteria. Subsequently, these same criteria are applied to various more contemporary forms of educational research such as functionalism, ethnomethodology and phenomenology. In each case the genealogy, and basic assumptions are traced. Further, the application of the criteria allows a critique of shortcomings or biasses in each to be developed. For example functionalist assumptions with regard to socia change, and unilinear development are criticized, as also its normative orientation, and dependence on a misconceived biological analogy. Phenomenology and ethnomethodology are both criticized for their failure to embrace macro structures and concerns, and their dependence on an isolated and subjectivist ontology and epistemology. The thesis concludes with some recommendations for more satisfactory forms of research in education, and some examples of existing research which fulfil the criteria developed herein more, or less, satisfactorily.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Education & training