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Discussing the Importance of Ontology and Epistemology Awareness in Practitioner Research.

Bracken, Seán (2010) Discussing the Importance of Ontology and Epistemology Awareness in Practitioner Research. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (4). pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This paper uses the focus of identity and acculturation within schools as the basis for a reflection on the ways in which researchers ground their investigations. It identifies the necessity for researchers to ensure that their own ontological perceptions, epistemological stances and methods for data gathering and interpretation are closely aligned. By investigating the ways in which a diversity of methodological approaches are used to address the issue of identity formation, as reflected in three school-based studies (Houlette et al, 2004; illbourn, 2006; Nasir et al, 2009), the paper facilitates a teasing out of ontological and epistemological issues. The practical implications are that, through a deeper awareness of the ontological substructures informing their studies, researchers will be more clearly positioned to iteratively reflect upon, and define how best to engage with, their research projects.

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Academic Development and Practice Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: ontology, epistomology, practioner research, schools, learning, teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2010 08:15
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2010 05:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/843

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