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Educational Explanations

Philosophy in Empirical Educational Research

Winch, Christopher

Journal of Philosophy of Education


1. Auflage März 2022
336 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-81645-4
John Wiley & Sons


This distinctive book surveys empirical educational research from the point of view of a philosopher who is also deeply engaged in empirical educational research. Combining insights from debates in the philosophy of the social sciences, a discussion of the nature of truth and explanation in educational research and a detailed examination of actual research projects, the book offers a defence of the practice of empirical educational research that at the same time acknowledges the importance of philosophical reflection in the design and carrying out of high quality empirical educational research projects.

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Educational Explanations is a comprehensive study of the main philosophical questions that confront empirical educational researchers. The book outlines the sense in which empirical educational research pursues truth and sets out and defends an account of its task as the offering of explanations for the many educational problems that claim our attention. The book goes on to look at the criteria for high quality research, the relationship between different methodological approaches and the scope and limits of intervention studies. At all stages detailed examples are presented to make the argument clearer. A distinctive feature of the book is the presentation of four detailed case studies, over four chapters, of influential educational research programmes that not only examine what they have achieved, but emphasise the conceptual issues that researchers are confronted with as they seek to provide explanations. The book goes on to examine the impact of empirical educational research on educational practice and on the practice of teachers in particular.

CHRISTOPHER WINCH has taught in the primary, further and higher education sectors. Trained in Philosophy, he is also a qualified and experienced empirical researcher in Education. As well as writing on numerous topics in the Philosophy of Education, he has taken part in many research projects in Britain and Europe including the ongoing ESRC project "Opportunity, Equality and Agency in England's new VET Landscape: a Longitudinal Study of Post-16 Transitions".

C. Winch, Kings College, London