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Undead Theories: Constructivism, Eclecticism and Research in Education [Paperback]

By D Geelan (Author)
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Theory is dead... long live theory! In this collection of linked essays, David Geelan explores the contentious relationship between theory and research in education. The first chapter proclaims the 'death of theory' in educational research, but the remainder of the book explores a number of the ways in which theory survives and thrives. A commitment to conducting educational research that directly serves students and teachers, and that changes the life in classrooms through negotiation and collaboration, not through prescription, requires new tools and new ways of using them. Such tools include narrative modes of conducting and representing research as well as a 'disciplined eclecticism' that emphasises choosing and using competing theories in intentional ways. Metaphorical descriptions from the philosophy of science - particularly Kuhn and Popper - have been influential in science education. David explores the value of such perspectives, and argues that although they have offered important insights for science education, their use has also 'forced other perspectives into blindness'. In the contexts of research methodology, educational philosophy, science education and educational technology, David talks about new 'places to stand and ways to look' but, more importantly, gives specific examples of the ways in which these methodological tools and philosophical perspectives have been used in his own teaching and research practices.

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Studio: Sense Publishers
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 24, 2006
Publisher   Sense Publishers
ISBN  9077874313  
ISBN13  9789077874318  

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Live ideas  Jan 21, 2010
Good background and references for the theories. A science teacher with a wide view on Science Education now lecturing on science and ICT.

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