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Generalizing from Educational Research: Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Polarization


reviewed by Gary Shank April 07, 2009

coverTitle: Generalizing from Educational Research: Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Polarization
Author(s): Kadriye Ercikan and Wolff-Michael Roth (Eds.)
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415963826, Pages: 310, Year: 2008
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Sometimes, the number one flaw of a book is the fact that it accomplishes what it sets out to do. This is the case with Generalizing from Educational Research: Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Polarization. In a nutshell, this book chronicles the experiences of Kadriye Ercikan and Wolff-Michael Roth. Once upon a time, these two very nice people found themselves on opposite sides of the quantitative-qualitative rift. As they worked on separate chapters for a handbook of research, they came to find out that they had significant areas of common insight and agreement. So they got together to write an article to that effect. The article writing effort was so satisfying that they decided to take it one step further, and put together a symposium on the topic for AERA. The particular focus of that symposium was generalization, and how it belongs to everyone and no one in educational research. This... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 07, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15612, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 7:35:58 PM

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  • Gary Shank
    Duquesne University
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    GARY SHANK is a Professor of Educational Research at Duquesne University. He is the author of Qualitative Research: A Personal Skills Approach (Prentice Hall).
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