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Theory and data in educational research is a wicked problem

Foucault describes data without a theoretical framework as a kind of “blind empiricism” that yields data but very little explanation. What is required is both theory and data. Paul Trowler describes the relationship between theory and data as a “wicked problem”. Wicked issues being: poorly-understood have many causal levels have no clear stopping point, where a… Continue reading Theory and data in educational research is a wicked problem

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Academic educationalists need to engage with the new education debate or risk being sidelined

Introduction Reading one or to blogs recently set me thinking about the increasingly influential educational debate that is burgeoning  in both the traditional and social media. More particularly who is engaged in it and the legitimacy of some of the ideas.  . One in particular rattled my cage. An article in the Irish times by… Continue reading Academic educationalists need to engage with the new education debate or risk being sidelined