The Moral Foundations of Educational Research

The Moral Foundations of Educational Research

Knowledge, Inquiry, and Values

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Ten British academics contribute eight chapters responding to the changing pattern of doctoral research within which "research training" is now seen as an essential component. Their concern is with both critiquing the current understanding of educational research and signaling the kinds of reorientation necessary to undertake such a critique. They provide an historical reassessment of the role and purposes of such research, with a view to making explicit its moral and epistemological assumptions, and argue in favor of a sustained and purposeful examination of what constitutes educational research. Distributed by Taylor and Francis. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The Moral Foundations of Educational Research considers what is distinctive about educational research in comparison with other research in the social sciences. As the contributors all agree that education is always an essentially moral enterprise, discussion about methodology starts, not with the widely endorsed claim that educational research should be 'useful' and 'relevant', but with the attempt to justify and elaborate that claim with reference to its moral foundations. Determining the nature of 'usefulness' and 'relevance' is not simply a matter of focussing on impact and influence but involves a radical re-conceptualisation of the moral and educational significance of what is deemed to be 'useful' and 'relevant'. There is no argument with this emphasis on the generation of 'useful' and 'relevant' knowledge, but it is suggested that educational research requires a fuller and more rounded understanding that takes account of the moral values of those who conduct it. Educational research is grounded, epistemologically, in the moral foundations of educational practice. It is the epistemological and moral purposes underlying the 'usefulness' and 'relevance' of educational research that matter.

Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780335211005
Characteristics: 1 online resource (141 pages)
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