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Title: 'What it makes sense to say': Education, philosophy and Peter Winch on social science
Authors: Smeyers, Paul #
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: Blackwell publishing
Series Title: Journal of philosophy of education vol:40 issue:4 pages:463-485
Abstract: This paper sets out Peter Winch's central ideas about the nature of the social sciences, and reappraises their potential for educational research. It is argued that the dichotomy between 'reasons' and 'causes' has done much harm, and that the important matter of understanding 'what is real for us' has recently been neglected. Winch's philosophy suggests a more adequate framework for educational research: one that embraces a pluralistic interpretive position, accommodating various methods and various kinds of understanding of the social, and that views educational science as involving opportunity for reflection and a degree of distance from the world of practice, yet at the same time as essentially part of the political debate about education.
Description: 01
ISSN: 0309-8249
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Education, Culture and Society
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