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Educational Theory, Nature of

Educational researchers usually do not give a great deal of attention to the nature of educational theory. In their research, they are focused primarily on working with particular theories that apply to relatively delimited areas. For example, a great deal of research is done within the context of cognitive developmental theories, or theories about the relation between social class and educational attainment, and so forth, and it is merely assumed that these are educational theories.

Among the small number of scholars (including philosophers of education) who are interested in the nature of educational theories in general, two different and only slightly interacting traditions have evolved. One of these reflects Continental interests and ways of conceptualizing matters; the other reflects parallel influences from the English-speaking world. ...

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