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What’s all this about philosophy?

What’s all this about philosophy?

By the end of this chapter you will be able to answer the following:

  • Why is philosophy important in a dissertation?
  • What philosophical research approaches are there?
  • How do these attitudes affect your dissertation?
  • What is the difference between induction and deduction?
  • What should I do now?

Why is philosophy important in a dissertation?

You might well ask, ‘Why a chapter about philosophy? After all, I’m doing a degree in education.’ The simple answer is that your whole life is determined by your philosophical approach, whether you realise it or not. Everyone is a philosopher; everyone has their own concept of the world and how it operates.

The research work involved in doing your dissertation requires you to take a conscious stance with ...

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