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Chapter 11: Interpretivism as a Theory of Knowledge
Interpretivism as a Theory of Knowledge
There have recently been calls to adopt approaches to the study of the social world (in relation to educational research, see Moss (2015), and in relation to making judgements about educational research, see the Research Excellence Framework (2015)) which deny the need to address ontological and epistemological concerns – approaches which can be described as operating outside of and in opposition to philosophical framings about the nature of reality and how we can know it. Though the purpose of these approaches is to support and strengthen a particular ideological view of human behaviour, for example, that members of the educational research community working together can make reliable ...