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This set of slides has been prepared for a workshop “Interdisciplinary methods for researching teaching and learning”. It summarises some ideas about intellectual work across conventional (disciplinary) boundaries in education. A number of them draw on the experiences writing Epistemic fluency book and working in the field of the leaning sciences more generally. The main message is the paradoxical tension between what educational research is as practice and how educational research is organised and institutionalised as a formal research field (aka. discipline).
Research-as-science, ….as disciplined inquiry
1. Finite cluster of social sciences: psychology, sociology, etc
2. Loose groupings: curriculum, professional development, etc
3. Discipline(s) on its own right: the learning sciences, other institutionalised practices
Research-as-project …as activity in the world
1. “Normal” science-as-project: compact vs. diffuse; explanatory vs. interpretative; conceptually driven vs. textually driven; explicit vs. implicit.
2. Researcher-participant collaboration
3. Multi-, Inter-, Trans-tribal research