Making a Difference in Theory The theory question in education and the education question in theory
Making a Difference in Theory brings together original work from an international group of authors on the roles of theory in educational research and practice. The book discusses the different roles theory plays, can play and should play, both from a historical perspective and in light of contemporary discussions and developments.
Particular attention is paid to the question of whether there are or should be distinctively educational forms of theory and theorising. The double engagement with the theory question in education and the education question in theory and theorising provides original insights in what theory does, might do or should do in educational research and practice.
With contributions from internationally renowned authors in the field of educational theory, research and practice, the book will be of value to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in education
What is education? The issue that seems to be fundamental to our field, is very far from being resolved. Both the practical field and the theory can exist without answering this fundamental question, both can run on intuitive assumptions. However, we are entering a period of changes which are likely to shaken such assumptions. Our collective fundamental beliefs would have been disputed if they were explicit, but as assumptions, they held up enough coherence for us to operate. But now the relationships between humans, and their information, knowledge, and learning have been shifting. The very basic questions can no longer be answered with the silent omission. What is learning? What is teaching? What is education and how it related to schooling? This paper is an attempt to squarely face the issue of the nature of education. While it is does not purport to resolve it, it does show that such conversations are both possible and necessary.