Education has continued to grow in stature and significance as an academic discipline. In addition to world renowned research studies the growth of education has been seen in the methodology and methods underpinning its research. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the research and methodology that is creating new understandings for education research, policy and practice. Over two volumes, the handbook addresses educational research in six essential components: Section 1: Understanding Research Section 2: Planning Research Section 3: Approaches to Research Section 4: Acquiring Data Section 5: Analysing Data Section 6: Reporting, Disseminating and Evaluating Research Featuring contributions from more than 50 of the biggest names in the international field, The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research represents a very significant contribution to the development of education.
Chapter 7: Purposes for Educational Research
Purposes for Educational Research
Education is an artificial system (Simon, 1988) created by people and educational research should continually strive to improve that system. Research in the discipline of education is not about the fundamentals of philosophy, statistics, psychology, sociology or genetics, but rather about finding ways to improve how we learn and what we learn. It might seek, for example, to describe some aspect of education such as activity in the classroom, or problematise a politician's claim or establish the correlates of failure in examinations. These activities may or may not improve education, but if that is not their ultimate aim, then what is their purpose? To gain qualification or status for the researcher? ...