Title

Feyerabend revisited: epistemological anarchy and disciplined eclecticism in educational research

Authors

David Geelan

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Springer

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

School of Education

RAS ID

1175

Comments

Geelan, D. R. (2001). Feyerabend revisited: Epistemological anarchy and disciplined eclecticism in educational research. The Australian Educational Researcher, 28(2), 129-146.

Abstract

Discussion between the adherents of various orientations within educational research has often generated more heat than light. A pervasive analogy drawn in these discussions has been between the philosophy of science and educational research. In this paper I explore the value of several influential perspectives within twentieth century philosophy of science as means of understanding what researchers in education do, and why. I suggest that Paul Feyerabend’s ‘anything goes’ epistemological perspective has much to offer in supporting rich educational research. If positivist standards of validity and reliability are no longer considered appropriate for some forms of educational research, however, new standards for justification and representation, explicitly stated within the research, will be necessary.

DOI

10.1007/BF03219756

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10.1007/BF03219756