Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Methodological Issues in Science Education Research

  • Keith S. Taber
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_35

Synonyms

Introduction

The selection of research methodology in any field should be principled so that the approaches used allow the development of evidenced knowledge claims, but in an educational field linked to a teaching subject there may also be an expectation that research methods should match or reflect methodologies used in the parent discipline(s). Research in science education is often conceptualised with reference to how research is undertaken within the natural sciences. Many working in science education would wish to consider research in science education to be “scientific” research. This entry considers the range of research methodologies used in science education and how these might be most productively characterised.

The Range of Educational Methodologies

Educational research encompasses a broad range of methodologies, and many of these have been adopted within science education...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK