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Major "paradigm shifts"-replacing one "world view" with one other­ concerning what constitutes acceptable wisdom don't ensue over­ evening. Centuries often intrude within the procedure. Even minor shifts­ admitting replacement international perspectives into the area of valid wisdom­ generating concept and practice-require many years of controversy, specifically, it kind of feels to us, within the box of schooling. It has simply been within the final twenty years or in order that the academic learn neighborhood has started to just accept the "scientific" credibility of the qualitative methods to inquiry similar to player remark, case examine, ethnogra­ phy, and so forth. in reality, those tools, with their lengthy and distinct philosophical traditions in phenomenology, have relatively basically come into their very own in the final decade. The serious viewpoint on producing and comparing wisdom and practice-what this publication is generally about-is in lots of methods a thorough depar­ ture from either the extra conventional quantitative and qualitative perspec­ tives. the normal techniques, actually, are way more just like each other than they're to the serious point of view. this is often the case, in our view, for one the most important cause: either the extra quantitative, empirical-analytic and qualitative, interpretive traditions proportion a basic epistemological dedication: they either eschew ideology and human pursuits as specific parts of their paradigms of inquiry. Ideology and human pursuits, notwithstanding, are the "bread and butter" of a serious method of inquiry.

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2223). The methodology and epistemology of symbolic interactionists are in many respects worlds apart from those underlying the empirical analytic tradition. But the ideas of manipulation and control could be inherent (if not intended) in their methods. The most systematic development of the third face of inquiry has resulted in what has come to be labelled critical theory. At the core of this theory is a normative stance that eschews hegemony of any form and therefore demands unrestrained and undominated dialogue in the process of social and political critique.

In these ways critique makes possible a much fuller consideration of the implications of what is done in schools. Rather than only focusing on the inherent worth of phenomena or whether the attainment of explicit goals is enhanced by the context of schooling, insight can be gained into why particular practices came into being and how human interests are served by them. The methodology of critical reflection demands that participants attend to how educational structures, content, and processes are linked to the social and political forces in the setting and to the larger social, political, and economic context in which the school is situated.

In a less metaphysical idiom, we could say that whether something is identified as a quality or as a quantity depends on how we choose to represent it in our symbolism (p. 207). As for the objectivity-subjectivity argument, the assumption that the knower can be objectively separated from the knowledge object has historically proved to be reasonably compatible with the study of many physical phenomena and, in the tradition of classical physics, the empirical analytic paradigm. But the sociallbehavioral or human interactive sciences present a new dilemma-the objects of study become ourselves!

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