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Education research as social science
All social research sets out with specific purposes from a particular position, and aims to persuade readers of the significance of its claims. These claims are always broadly political (Clough & Nutbrown, 2012, p.4).
- Purposive – every element must have significance and a reason for being included;
- Positionality – good research considers how the standpoints of participants and researchers affect research;
- Persuasiveness – good research needs to give a good account of itself, be convincing and authoritative;
- Political – educational research is a moral endeavour and aims to achieve something, usually a social good.
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