Case Studies as Spurious Evaluations: The Example of Research on Educational Inequalities

British Journal of Educational Studies 48 (3):215 - 230 (2000)
Abstract
This article notes that much case study research focusing on educational inequalities is evaluative in character, in the sense that it draws value conclusions. Moreover, the evaluative character of these conclusions is often implicit. We argue that practical evaluation of this kind is inappropriate in research reports. We then discuss the legitimate role that values can play in case study research, notably in providing the basis for identifying important topics for inquiry and in selecting explanations from among causal factors. We outline the obligations associated with this role: that the non-evaluative character of the conclusions of the research must be emphasised, and that the value assumptions used to frame descriptions and explanations must be made explicit. We conclude by briefly examining the implications of our argument for educational evaluation, for action research, and for the notion of internal critique that is central to critical research.
Keywords religion  value neutrality  case study research  evaluation
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,731
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
Richard Smith (2008). Proteus Rising: Re-Imagining Educational Research. Journal of Philosophy of Education 42 (s1):183-198.
Richard Andrews (2005). The Place of Systematic Reviews in Education Research. British Journal of Educational Studies 53 (4):399 - 416.
Andrés Mejía (2010). The General in the Particular. Journal of Philosophy of Education 44 (1):93-107.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2011-05-29

Total downloads

8 ( #168,292 of 1,098,615 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

4 ( #78,963 of 1,098,615 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.