Theory and Philosophy in Education Research: Methodological Dialogues

John Quay (Editor), Jennifer Bleazby (Editor), Steven A. Stolz (Editor), Maurizio Toscano (Editor), R. Scott Webster (Editor)

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The issue of methodology is a fundamental concern for all who engage in educational research. Presenting a series of methodological dialogues between eminent education researchers including Michael Apple, Gert Biesta, Penny Enslin, John Hattie, Nel Noddings, Michael Peters, Richard Pring and Paul Smeyers, this book explores the ways in which they have chosen and developed research methods to style their investigations and frame their arguments. These dialogues address the specialized and technical aspects of conducting educational research, conceptualize the relationship between methodology and theory, and provide in-depth discussion of concerns including falsifiability, openness, interpretation and researcher judgement. Foregrounding the researchers’ first-hand experience and knowledge, this book will provide future and current researchers with a deeper comprehension of the place of theory in education research. An illuminating resource for undergraduate and postgraduate researchers alike, Theory and Philosophy in Education Research confronts the intricate complexities of conducting education research in a highly engaging and accessible way.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages176
ISBN (Electronic)9781351176101
ISBN (Print)9781351176118
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Philosophy of education, educational theory, education research methods

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