This book explores educational research in terms of the relationship between epistemology, methodology and practice. Divided into two sections, the first examines the frameworks which underpin the methods educational researchers use. The second looks at a broad spectrum of approaches, including feminist approaches, action research, ethnography and biographical research. The issues covered are central to all within the research community including students undertaking research degrees or research methodology courses.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByDavid Scott Robin Usher

part |2 pages

Part I Frameworks

chapter 3|19 pages

Textuality and reflexivity in educational research

ByRobin Usher

chapter 4|22 pages

Methods and data in educational research

ByDavid Scott

chapter 5|15 pages

Making judgements about educational research

ByDavid Scott

part |2 pages

Part II Practices

chapter 6|15 pages

Evaluation as realpolitik

ByJanet Harland

chapter 7|14 pages

Action research and reflective practice

ByIan Bryant

chapter 8|23 pages

Feminist approaches to research


chapter 9|16 pages

Ethnography and education

ByDavid Scott

chapter 10|16 pages

The purposes and processes of biographical method

ByMichael Erben

chapter 11|6 pages

Afterword: the politics of educational research

ByRobin Usher David Scott