Educational research as science?

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Abstract

What makes educational research scientific? And should we be worried whether it is? This chapter approaches these questions from a philosophical perspective, while also introducing some relevant work from twentieth-century philosophy of science. It discusses scientific method, confirmation, the distinction between theory and observation, the aim of science, and the relative merits of qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA companion to research in education
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages145-153
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789400768086
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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ROWBOTTOM, D. P. (2014). Educational research as science? In A companion to research in education (pp. 145-153). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6809-3_18