After methodolatry : epistemological challenges for ‘risky’ educational research

McWilliam, Erica L. (2006) After methodolatry : epistemological challenges for ‘risky’ educational research. In Education Research and Policy : Steering the Knowledge-Based Economy (World Yearbook of Education). Routledge, London, pp. 302-315.

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The chapter explores the relationship between educational research and risk as a "moral climate of politics" (Giddens, 2002: 29) impacting powerfully on educational policy and processes. In exploring this question, the chapter mounts a cautious argument that the epistemological challenges attending such new global imperatives as risk are yet to be taken up in any substantial way in mainstream educational research. This is so despite the flurry of activity around diversifying social scientific inquiry, and the growing numbers of people who now engage in research activity within and outside universities. It is contended that this is due in no small part to the failure of educational researchers to think about thinking about research and to take this thinking forward to the consideration of questions of methodology.

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ID Code: 4284
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: risk, higher education, research, research methods, education policy, HERN
ISBN: 0415359341
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Routledge
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 03:52

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