Educational Research: Ethics, Social Justice, and Funding Dynamics

  • Paul Smeyers
  • Marc Depaepe

Part of the Educational Research book series (EDRE, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Paul Smeyers, Marc Depaepe
    Pages 1-9
  3. James C. Conroy, Richard Smith
    Pages 25-37
  4. Kathleen Coessens, Karen François, Jean Paul Van Bendegem
    Pages 73-90
  5. David Bridges
    Pages 109-120
  6. Richard Smith
    Pages 209-222
  7. Karen François, Kathleen Coessens, Jean Paul Van Bendegem
    Pages 261-274
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


This book examines the conduct and purposes of educational research. It looks at values of researchers, at whose interests are served by the research, and the inclusion or exclusion of practitioners and subjects of research. It asks if educational research should be explicitly committed to promoting equality and inclusion, and whether that requires research to be more aware of the cultural and global contexts of research questions. It explores the ethical challenges encountered in the conduct of research and the potential ethical and social justice constraints imposed by comparative research rankings. Next, it discusses the research funding aspects of the above issues both philosophically and historically, thus examining the changing sources, patterns, and effects of educational research funding over time. Since the conduct of most educational research increasingly requires institutional and financial support, the question is whether funding shapes the content of research, and what counts as research. The book discusses if funding is a factor in the shift of efforts of researchers from pure or basic research to more applied research, and if it encourages the development of large research teams, to the detriment of individual scholars. It looks at the ownership of the content, results, and data of publicly funded research. Finally, it tries to establish whether scholars solicit funding to support research projects, or generate research projects to attract funding.  

This publication, as well as the ones that are mentioned in the preliminary pages of this work, were realized by the Research Community Philosophy and History of the Discipline of Education: Purposes, Projects, and Practices of Educational Research.


Philosophy of education Ethics of educational research History of education Social Justice Educational research funding Effects of educational research funding Equality in educational research Inclusion in educational research Funding in higher education Publicly funded research Purposes of educational research Values in educational research

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Smeyers
    • 1
  • Marc Depaepe
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesGhent University and K.U. LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Subfaculteit Psychologie en Pedagogische WetenschappenK.U. LeuvenBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73920-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73921-2
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