Monthly Archives: November 2013

Lees 2007: Embracing complexity for social justice

In this, the second of the readings we were given with the title ‘Beyond Positivism’, Patrick Lees argues for ‘hybrid spaces’ where different ways of thinking about education and research exist for mutual benefit, and an acceptance that standardised educational … Continue reading

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WrAP Portfolio planning: a ‘significant’ journal

In advance of our third EdD meeting this coming Saturday I’ve been asked to select a journal that has been significant to me and my professional practice in some way, and to explain my selection. I made a shortlist of … Continue reading

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Buchanan 1998: Being human

This was a very persuasive article. It almost lured me into believing that human life is so very very different from everything else in the natural world – to the extent where we can claim to be separate from it. … Continue reading

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Authorial identity – a cultural issue?

Hyland, K. (2002). Authority and Invisibility: Authorial Identity in Academic Writing. Journal of Pragmatics, 34, 1091-1112 I had to do a bit of research in the googlebox to determine exactly what Hyland means by ‘authorial’ – i.e. ‘of the author’ … Continue reading

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By jove, I think she’s got it

Sayer, A (2000) Realism and Social Science, London: SAGE, 67 – 80 I could have moved on from critical realism now… there is other reading material I need to get through by the end of the month (on post-positivism, humanism … Continue reading

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Pring 2000: Concepts and conflicts

“Maybe the distinction will seem clearer on reading the other introduction to Critical Realism we’ve been given (Pring 2000).” – Me, November 1st. …No, it didn’t really help, not yet. I understood the conclusion fine, but found myself getting really … Continue reading

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Sayer 2000 (Chapter 1): New meanings for old words…

Critical Realism! I loved this idea of different levels of existence; the ’empirical’ (what we observe), the ‘actual’ (what exists and/or happens in practice, which is not necessarily what we observe),  and the ‘real’ ; the potential or capacity of … Continue reading

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