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Educational research as science?
A companion to research in education
  • Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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Springer Netherlands

What makes educational research scientific? And should we be worried whether it is? This chapter approaches these questions from a philosophical perspective, while also introducing some relevant work from twentieth-century philosophy of science. It discusses scientific method, confirmation, the distinction between theory and observation, the aim of science, and the relative merits of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

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ISBN of the source publication: 9789400768086
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Rowbottom, D. P. (2014). Educational research as science? In A. D. Reid, E. P. Hart, & M. A. Peters (Eds.), A companion to research in education (pp. 145-153). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-6809-3_18