Contemporary educational research: selected tactics and tools for traversing and transforming the terrains

Henderson, Robyn and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2008) Contemporary educational research: selected tactics and tools for traversing and transforming the terrains. In: Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9781921214318


Contemporary educational research seems to be undergoing a number of crises – of confidence, of conscience, of faith and of purpose. As educational researchers explore the multiple terrains and varying topologies of the research landscape – from flat and undulating to rocky and precipitous – they find themselves engaging with complex, contested and controversial issues that require sustained energy and commitment from researchers and participants alike. If educational research is to fulfil its mission of generating knowledge and of contributing to productive sociocultural change, the terrains that it inhabits must be traversed and transformed. Additionally, those terrains must be mapped and managed, in order that the parameters and the perimeters, the safe havens and the 'no go' areas, the centres and the margins be subjected to cartographic scrutiny and surveillance. At the very least, they should inform researchers' understandings. To assist with this process, this chapter outlines some suggested conceptual resources for mapping and managing the terrains of contemporary educational research. By distilling selected tactics and tools from the other chapters of this book, the authors highlight some potentially productive navigational aids. Conceptualising, applying and interrogating these tactics and tools constitute one possible approach to enacting relevant and rigorous research that can contribute directly to individual and communal enhancement and sustainability.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008 00:09
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational research; researcher; research sustainability; tactics and tools
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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