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  1. Robert Willmott (2002). Education Policy and Realist Social Theory: Primary Teachers, Child-Centred Philosophy, and the New Managerialism. Routledge.
    Over the last two decades, the framework of economic competitiveness has become the defining aim of education. This book thoughtfully and persuasively argues against this new vision of education.
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  2. Robert Willmott (2002). Reclaiming Metaphysical Truth for Educational Research. British Journal of Educational Studies 50 (3):339 - 362.
    It is not uncommon in educational research and social science in general either to eschew the word truth or to put it in scare quotes in order to signify scepticism about it. After the initial wave of relativism in the philosophy of natural science, a second wave has developed in social science with the rise of postmodernism and poststructuralism. The tendency here is to relativise truth or to bracket out questions of truth. In contradistinction, this paper revindicates the metaphysical nature (...)
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  3. Robert Willmott (1999). Structure, Agency and School Effectiveness: Researching a 'Failing' School. Educational Studies 25 (1):5-18.
    Qualitative data of a 'failing' junior school are used to highlight the ways in which a particular Local Education Authority (LEA) responded to 'serious weaknesses' outlined by a team of Office for Standards in Education inspectors and how staff mediated such LEA intervention. Such mediation will be theorised via the employment of analytical dualism, whereby structure and agency are held to be irreducible emergent strata of social reality. The purpose of this paper is not to complement and buttress the ideological (...)
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  4. Robert Willmott (1999). School Effectiveness Research: An Ideological Commitment? Journal of Philosophy of Education 33 (2):253–268.
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  5. Robert Willmott (1997). Structure, Culture and Agency: Rejecting the Current Orthodoxy of Organisation Theory. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 27 (1):93–123.
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