General Introduction

Morwenna Griffiths, David Bridges, Nicholas Burbules, Paul Smeyers

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This book helps researchers to understand better the role of interpretation in educational research—and we hope to understand better the variety of ways that interpretation enters into the research process. It focuses on the specifics of interpretation in the actual doing of educational research, but it is not a how-to book. The International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research does not offer specific instruction about how to proceed when engaging in educational research, but rather offers the possibility of what Lave and Wenger called “legitimate peripheral participation” in witnessing a variety of forms of research covering a broad range of issues and settings. Educational research pursues different kinds of theoretical interests and uses a diversity of modes of
explanation. The Handbook reflects this variety through its international array of
authors, settings, questions, and methods, emphasizing that the field of education includes some very diverse objects of inquiry and that researchers in different parts of the world give priority to different aspects of educational policy and practice as well as to different ways of investigating them. It is in the focus on interpretation that we try to bring these different approaches into conversation with each other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research
EditorsPaul Smeyers, David Bridges, Nicholas C. Burbules, Morwenna Griffiths
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-9282-0
ISBN (Print)978-94-017-9281-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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