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Being philosophical regarding the evidence of 'what works'.

Webster, R. Scott 2008, Being philosophical regarding the evidence of 'what works'., in ATEA 2008 : Teacher Educators at Work : What works and where is the evidence? Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association. Conference, Australian Teacher Education Association, [Melbourne, Vic], pp. 1-9.

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Title Being philosophical regarding the evidence of 'what works'.
Author(s) Webster, R. ScottORCID iD for Webster, R. Scott orcid.org/0000-0002-5253-4894
Conference name Australian Teacher Education Association Conference (2008 : Sunshine Coast, Qld.)
Conference location Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Conference dates 8 - 11 Jul. 2008
Title of proceedings ATEA 2008 : Teacher Educators at Work : What works and where is the evidence? Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association. Conference
Editor(s) Aspland, Tania
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian Teacher Education Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 440 p.
Publisher Australian Teacher Education Association
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic]
Summary In this paper I am arguing that the debate regarding ‘what works’ in education practice should become more philosophical. By becoming more philosophical professional educators will be enabled to further recognise how unscientific and undemocratic the research which claims to represent ‘what works’ currently is by understanding more clearly the nature of its ‘evidence-base’ and its relation to education. This paper is structured into three parts. The first will address the philosophical aspect which is intrinsic to the discourse of education itself. The second section will offer a differentiation between empiricism and science which is important if we are to recognise the limitations of empirical ‘evidence’ regarding ‘what works’. The third and final section will draw upon Biesta’s notion of the ‘democratic deficit’ to make the case that if the evidence regarding ‘what works’ is only empirical rather than scientific then it is not the sort of evidence appropriate to the discourse of education.
ISBN 0977568512
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, ATEA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033916

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