The logic of causal investigations and the rhetoric and pragmatics of research planning

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Abstract

Must investigations of treatment effects adopt a logic of causal investigation that defaults to the design and application of randomized control trials in education? Does the language of scientific research impel this too for intervention studies? In this brief response to Scriven's chapter, we explore the pragmatics of research planning to identify compounding factors and challenges to such characterizations of 'gold standard' research in education. The prospect is tantalizing: if adjudications of explanatory power are the true benchmark for evaluating educational studies, then a requisite variety in research designs and logics must be entertained, and engaged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Research in Education
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages173-175
Number of pages3
Volume9789400768093
ISBN (Electronic)9789400768093
ISBN (Print)9400768087, 9789400768086
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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