Microgenetic analysis is a Vygotskyan educational research method that supports uncovering student sense-making activity during collaborative learning. Investigating learning using microgenetic...Continue reading
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When we gather survey data about human perceptions and attitudes, do we elicit answers to what we really ask? How far can self-administered questionnaires (Schwarz, 1999), with no interviewer...Continue reading
Over the past decade, self-published polemic on education topics has become widely disseminated through a burgeoning culture of social media, and has increasingly challenged the products of...
Focussing on an early-career researcher embarking on her first academic role, this second entry in BERA’s Research Ethics Case Studies series considers the ethical issues that arise not only...
This post introduces the challenges associated with gaining ethical review board approval, and securing the informed consent and assent of participant families, in educational research. It draws...Continue reading
BERA’s Research Ethics Case Studies series, edited by Jodie Pennacchia, presents illustrative case studies designed to complement BERA’s Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research, fourth...
While informed consent is important, obtaining written consent from participants can be problematic.Continue reading
Researchers need to begin by examining their theories to enable them to control their research, and avoid the risk of being misled by unexamined beliefs.Continue reading
Coming from a background in community learning and development, my work in partnership with Banff Academy as part of my PhD research has been an interesting and rewarding experience. I find myself...Continue reading
Why does a powerful metaphor of learning in our contemporary society poorly convey empirical research, research transfer and applications? This appears to be true of the concept of ‘learning...Continue reading
Literary criticism of children’s literature focusses on the power relations between the adult writer and the child reader. At one end of the spectrum, this relationship is described as...Continue reading