Freedom Research in Education

Becoming an Autonomous Researcher

  • Karen McArdle

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


This book sets out a new and distinctive means of conceptualising research in the field of Education: ‘Freedom Research’. Freedom research is a conceptual understanding of research free from the strictures of orthodoxy; which adapts or knowingly critiques conventions about the ways in which research should be conducted. Underpinning this concept is the argument that the conventions of traditional approaches to research in education may be both confidence-sapping and constrictive to both the early career and mature educational researcher. By critiquing the boundaries of a socially constructed discipline, the researcher may then be liberated to research with freedom, creativity and innovation. This pioneering volume will assist the researcher to become more autonomous, and by extension more confident, in their own research practice. It will be of appeal to scholars, students and researchers in Education, of all stages of their career. 

Karen McArdle is Professor Emerita at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She has been engaged in educational research for more than thirty years, primarily in the UK and Australia.


research methodology creativity research ethics mixed-methods research research design and theory ethical education

Authors and affiliations

  • Karen McArdle
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  1. 1.University of AberdeenAberdeenUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69649-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69650-8
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