Theory and Educational Research
Toward Critical Social Explanation
By (author) Jean Anyon
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Theory and Educational Research by Jean Anyon
Book DescriptionMost empirical researchers avoid the use of theory in their studies, providing data but little or no social explanation. Theoreticians, on the other hand, rarely test their ideas with empirical projects. As this groundbreaking volume makes clear, however, neither data nor theory alone is adequate to the task of social explanation-rather they form and inform each other as the inquiry process unfolds. Theory and Educational Research bridges the age-old theory/research divide by demonstrating how researchers can use critical social theory to determine appropriate empirical research strategies, and extend the analytical, critical - and sometimes emancipatory - power of data gathering and interpretation. Each chapter models a theoretically informed empiricism that places the data research yields in constant conversation with theoretical arsenals of powerful concepts. Personal reflections following each chapter chronicle the contributors' trajectories of struggle and triumph utilizing theory and its powers in research. In the end this rich collection teaches education scholars how to deliberately engage with critical social theory in research to produce work that is simultaneously theoretically inspired, politically engaged, and empirically evocative.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415990417
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jean Anyon
Theory and Educational Research, Paperback (August 2008)
Most empirical researchers avoid the use of theory in their studies. This title bridges the age-old theory/research divide by demonstrating how researchers can use critical social theory to determine appropriate empirical research strategies, and extend the analytical, critical power of data gathering and interpretation.
Ghetto Schooling, Paperback (September 1997)» View all books by Jean Anyon
Providing evidence that inner city schools have failed in their capacity to implement current strategies of educational reform, this work offers a historical analysis of a century of government and business policies that have drained the economic, political and human resources of urban populations.
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Author Biography - Jean Anyon
Jean Anyon is Professor of Social and Educational Policy in the Urban Education Doctoral Program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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