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By Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Cheryl A. Hunter, D. Hinderliter Ortloff, Debora Hinderliter Ortloff

This e-book presents new methods of brooding about academic techniques, utilizing quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Ultimately, it goals at increasing wisdom itself - changing the centre by way of permitting the margins to notify it - permitting it to be prolonged to incorporate these methods of realizing that experience traditionally been unexplored or overlooked.

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Indeed, in preparation for writing this chapter, I took out the tape to listen to one of my public interactions with Freire. It reminded me that what I’ve said here cannot quite convey the personal presence and humility Paulo had. Nor can it convey how he brought out the best in me and others. One of the markers of greatness is how one deals with disagreement. And here, once again, Paulo demonstrated how special he was, thus giving us one more reason Paulo—friend, teacher, comrade—is still missed.

Although the report focuses a great deal on the use of experimental designs, it does recognize the added contribution that such strategies as case study, ethnography, mixed method designs, and so on can make to education research. What prevails throughout the report is a strong emphasis on causal relationships, randomization, replication, measurement, and an exclusive post-positivist stance on research in education (Eisenhart and Towne, 2003) while explicitly rejecting postmodernism defined as ‘‘an extreme epistemological perspective that questions the rationality of the scientific enterprise altogether, and instead believes that all knowledge is based on sociological factors like power, influence and economic factors’’ (Shavelson and Towne, 2002, 25).

A Nation At Risk, 1983) called into question the efficiency of some of these programs and resulted in mandated evaluation of all federally funded programs. Request for evidence, showing that government intervention was working to improve education, was mounting and eventually developed into the assessment and accountability movement that began in the 1980s and is still vigorously enforced today. Neoliberalism was founded on free-market economy as a means to achieve progress and economic growth, and presumably social justice, while rejecting government intervention.

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