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Is there madness in the method? Representations of research in lifelong learning

Citation
Edwards R, Clarke J, Harrison R & Reeve F (2002) Is there madness in the method? Representations of research in lifelong learning, Adult Education Quarterly, 52 (2), pp. 128-139.

Abstract
In the move from viewing research as purely technical, objective, and rational to understanding it as a social practice embedded in particular cultural, political, and historical contexts, we raise the question of how reality is represented in research practices and products. Thus, the purpose of this article is to examine the "performativity" of text in constructing and reporting research. To do that, this article explores the process of formulating research questions for an empirical study of conceptions of flexibility and lifelong learning in the context of further education in the United Kingdom. We examine the implications of an analytical reflexivity for the representation of research projects. This analysis of representation is (re)presented in three parallel versions of our research: an algorithmic tale, a tale of improvisations, and a reflexive tale.

StatusPublished
AuthorsEdwards Richard, Clarke Julia, Harrison Roger, Reeve Fiona
Publication date02/2002
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN 0741-7136
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Adult Education Quarterly: Volume 52, Issue 2 (FEB 2002)

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