The Moral Foundations of Educational Research: Knowledge, Inquiry, and Values

Synopsis

"This is a book for everyone doing educational research. It is not simply a routineprovocation directed at positivists by a group of researchers advocating qualitativemethods. The book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the ethicsof educational research by offering something more than opposition to the narrowutilitarian research agenda."
British Journal of Educational Studies

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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Jon Nixon
  • Pat Sikes
  • Wilfred Carr
  • Gary McCulloch
  • Ivor Goodson
  • Jon Nixon
  • Pat Sikes
  • Wilfred Carr
  • Gary McCulloch
  • Ivor Goodson
  • Richard Pring
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Melanie Walker
  • Peter Clough
  • Carrie Paechter
  • Fred Inglis
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Philadelphia
Publication year:
  • 2003