Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6⅛ x 9¼
978-0-8476-9122-7 • Paperback • March 2000 • $40.00 • (£31.00)
978-1-4422-0270-2 • eBook • March 2000 • $36.00 • (£28.00)
D. C. Phillips is professor of education and philosophy and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Education at Stanford University.
Nicholas C. Burbules is professor of education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is also editor of the journal Educational Theory.
Chapter 1 What is Postpositivism?
Chapter 2 Philosophical Commitments of Postpositivist Researchers
Chapter 3 Objectivity, Relativity, and Value Neutrality
Chapter 4 Can, and Should, Educational Inquiry be Scientific?
At last an engaging and well-reasoned defense of scientific rationality. This is a powerful antidote to the myriad critics who disparage or dismiss the social sciences.
— David C. Berliner, Regents' Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
This book is a must-read for all who are concerned with the mission and nature of educational research.
— Gavriel Salomon, University of Haifa, Israel
Phillips and Burbules, two leading philosophers of education, have produced a much needed examination of just how far the possibility for social science has been undercut by critiques intended to undercut the credibility of scientific knowledge. Their clearly written book will help educational researchers understand how effective, disciplined research is possible in a post-positivist world. The authors systematically examine the problems created by the fallibility of knowledge, the inevitable value-ladenness of research, and the existence of varying perspectives, showing how the pursuit of truth can remain a reasonable activity. The book should be required reading for those learning to do educational research, filling the gap between how-to books on research method and post-positivist accounts that embrace, or at least flirt with, relativism. By blending careful argument with concrete examples, Phillips and Burbules help students recognize the limits of research without abandoning the quest for warranted claims to knowledge.
— Robert E. Floden, Michigan State University
—Whimsical and engaging, this will be the book about research that your students remember years afterwards
—Clear and concise
—Brings the best of social and scientific theory to bear on real-life examples and problems