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Title: Is there madness in the method? Representations of research in lifelong learning
Author(s): Edwards, Richard
Clarke, Julia
Harrison, Roger
Reeve, Fiona
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Issue Date: Feb-2002
Date Deposited: 10-Sep-2012
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.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0741713602052002004
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