|About the book|
“a powerful, well informed argument for the importance of pluralism… This book will tell young researchers what they need to know about doing educational research; it will encourage experienced researchers to see their own practice in context. It is a profound book that everyone should read." – Professor Jane Gaskell, Dean, OISE, University of Toronto
“This brilliant guide to judging educational research examines the most basic questions about research practice that most people think are settled, and reveals them as problematic… Humorous, sharp, and thoughtful, this readable inquisition explores from differing perspectives ‘what does good education research look like’ in multiple forms including dissertations, journal articles, and grant proposals.” – Sari Knopp Biklen, Laura and Douglas Meredith Professor, Syracuse University, USA
This book explains and critically examines some key debates about the quality and value of education research, and shows how it must meet different demands in different places, times and conditions. A major part of the book provides detailed analyses and guidance to different areas in which education research is judged: from academic theses to the press; from highest level competition for prestigious grants to collaborative work with practitioners.
Lyn Yates asks probing questions in six education research arenas – the thesis, the research grant application, the journal article, the consultancy application, book publishing, and the press:
|About the author|
Lyn Yates is Professor of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney and former president of the Australian Association for Research in Education. She is widely known for her writing on policy, gender, education and social change as well as research methodology. She has been a journal editor, book series editor, thesis supervisor and examiner, and member of national research grant committees. She has also taught in graduate research education courses for many years.
|Table of contents|
What does good educational research look like?
Situating a field and its practices
Part 1: Political and Paradigm Disputes, Historical Change and the field of education
Chapter 1: What 'does' educational research look like? Some beginnings and Debates
Chapter 2: History, Fashion and Academic Research in Education
Part 2: Arenas Of Educational Research: Contexts, Genres and the Rules of the Game
Chapter 3: The Thesis
Chapter 4: Academic Journals
Chapter 5: Competitive Research Grants
Chapter 6: Commissioned Research
Chapter 7: Schools, teachers and other practitioner users
Chapter 8: Publishing Books
Chapter 9: The Press
Chapter 10: Situating Research Practices