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In: The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry

Section One: Exploring the Multiple Purposes of Inquiry and Key Stakeholders

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Exploring the Multiple Purposes of Inquiry and Key Stakeholders
Exploring the multiple purposes of inquiry and key stakeholders
Introductory Essay

Webster defines “inquiry” succinctly as “attempting to learn,” an account that unfortunately is silent on all of the thorny issues. Who, precisely, is making the attempt? What prompted or motivated the attempt to learn? Did the inquirer come up with the subject of the inquiry on his or her own volition, or was the inquirer commissioned to try to learn something on behalf of someone else? How will the success or failure of the inquiry be determined (and by whom)? What means—what methodology—shall the inquiry make use of? Are some methods better than others in the sense that they are likely to lead to the learning of ...

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