TC Record symposium on scientific research

From: Peter Smagorinsky (
Date: Wed Apr 06 2005 - 03:21:07 PDT


Introduction: Implications of the Scientific Research in Education Report
for Qualitative Inquiry
by Patti Lather & Pamela Moss — 2005
An introduction to the symposium.
Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in Educational Research and Social
Engineering in Federal Education Policy
by Frederick Erickson — 2005
This article argues is that the current promotion by the federal government
of “science” as a unitary paradigm for educational research is a mistaken
effort that may be well intended—or may not be.
It's Theories All the Way Down: A Response to Scientific Research in Education
by James Gee — 2005
This article considers the six principles that the National Research
Council's report Scientific Research in Education claims define an
enterprise as scientific. I argue that these principles are relatively
vacuous generalities because one cannot determine anything about any of
them from outside specific theories of specific domains (and domains are
smaller, usually considerably smaller, than disciplines).
Toward "Epistemic Reflexivity" in Educational Research: A Response to
Scientific Research in Education
by Pamela Moss — 2005
In this response to Scientific Research in Education (National Research
Council, 2002), I argue that the report has provided us with a carefully
considered but partial vision of social science that limits the capacity of
our field to engage in critical self-reflection.
After Methods, Then What? A Researcher's Response to the Report of the
National Research Council
by Vanessa Walker — 2005
This commentary commends the authors of Scientific Research in Education
for addressing important questions for the field of education.
Scientific Research in a Democratic Culture: Or What's a Social Science For?
by John Willinsky — 2005
In attempting to guide both researchers and the federal government in the
development of a stronger scientific culture for education research, the
National Research Council report, Scientific Research in Education, falls
short in its conception of research dissemination.
Science Plus: A Response to the Responses to Scientific Research in Education
by Margaret Eisenhart — 2005
Reactions to the symposium papers by a member of the National Research
Council Committee on Scientific Principles for Educational Research.

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