David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Philosophy of Education 42 (s1):63-86 (2008)
This paper attempts to take seriously the claim that we can look for causes in order to understand the reality we live (in), and focuses therefore primarily on 'the natural world'. It will be argued that even if we were to fully endorse the programme of looking for antecedents, a dominant driver for many educational researchers, this would still not solve the problems they commonly set out to address. It will illustrate the problem of contextualisation in using an example of educational research that uses the methodology of the randomised field trial. In these kind of studies the paradigm of causality and its experimental laboratory approach is modified to incorporate the exigencies of real life situations. The claim that these studies too do not put one in a position to derive straightforward conclusions for policy makers or more generally for educational practitioners will be substantiated. Finally, some concluding remarks will be offered that indicate what may be expected from large-scale population studies and what their epistemological basis is.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
Carl Gustav Hempel (1965). Aspects of Scientific Explanation. In Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Free Press 504.
Wesley C. Salmon (1998). Causality and Explanation. Oxford University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Charles Clark (2011). Education(Al) Research, Educational Policy-Making and Practice. Journal of Philosophy of Education 45 (1):37-57.
Andrés Mejía (2010). The General in the Particular. Journal of Philosophy of Education 44 (1):93-107.
Similar books and articles
Wally Morrow (1994). Entitlement and Achievement in Education. Studies in Philosophy and Education 13 (1):33-47.
Wilfred Carr (2006). Education Without Theory. British Journal of Educational Studies 54 (2):136 - 159.
Ann Lewis (1995). Policy Shifts Concerning Special Needs Provision in Mainstream Primary Schools. British Journal of Educational Studies 43 (3):318 - 332.
Daniel Little (2000). Explaining Large-Scale Historical Change. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (1):89-112.
Ken Jones & Richard Hatcher (1994). Educational Progress and Economic Change: Notes on Some Recent Proposals. British Journal of Educational Studies 42 (3):245 - 260.
Stephen J. Ball (1998). Intellectuals or Technicians? The Urgent Role of Theory in Educational Studies. British Journal of Educational Studies 43 (3):255 - 271.
Mike Cole, Dave Hill & Glenn Rikowski (1997). Between Postmodernism and Nowhere: The Predicament of the Postmodernist. British Journal of Educational Studies 45 (2):187 - 200.
Carole J. Torgerson & David J. Torgerson (2001). The Need for Randomised Controlled Trials in Educational Research. British Journal of Educational Studies 49 (3):316 - 328.
Stephen Gorard (2002). Political Control: A Way Forward for Educational Research? British Journal of Educational Studies 50 (3):378 - 389.
Richard Andrews (2005). The Place of Systematic Reviews in Education Research. British Journal of Educational Studies 53 (4):399 - 416.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads3 ( #514,048 of 1,777,936 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #291,290 of 1,777,936 )
How can I increase my downloads?