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    Why educational research should not just solve problems, but should cause them as well


    Biesta, Gert and Filippakou, Ourania and Wainwright, Emma and Aldridge, David (2019) Why educational research should not just solve problems, but should cause them as well. British Educational Research Journal, 45 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 0141-1926

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    Abstract

    As we move into the second year of our tenure as editors of the British Educational Research Journal, we offer some reflections on the state of educational research in the UK and beyond, particularly in relation to recent developments in research policy and research practice. We argue that in addition to enhancing the usefulness of educational research, that is, its capacity for solving problems, there is an ongoing need for research that identifies problems and, in that sense, causes problems. This kind of research challenges taken for granted assumptions about what is going on and what should be going on, and speaks back to expectations from policy and practice, not in order to deny such expectations but to engage in an ongoing debate about the legitimacy of such expectations – a debate that crucially should have a public quality and hence should take place in the public domain.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the publlished article, which is available at: Biesta, G., Filippakou, O., Wainwright, E. and Aldridge, D. (2019), Why educational research should not just solve problems, but should cause them as well. Br Educ Res J, 45: 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3509
    Keywords: educational research; educational practice; improvement in education; problem posing; problem solving;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 13656
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3509
    Depositing User: Gert Biesta
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 16:57
    Journal or Publication Title: British Educational Research Journal
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
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