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 1: Reasons for Education Research
Reasons for Education Research
The word ‘research’ as here used does not describe any specific method or procedure. It designates a point of view – an attitude of enquiry and of willingness to test any theory against the evidence of the most carefully scrutinised and representative body of available facts. It implies a readiness to give up preconceived notions and to seek guidance not only from traditional interpretations but also from direct observation and experiment in any field of study. When successful, such research adds to the sum of human knowledge, and wise use of its findings leads to the husbanding of resources and the discovery of more satisfactory ways of living. (Fleming, 1952, p. ...