Qualitative Inquiry in Education: The Continuing Debate


reviewed by David T. Hansen - 1992

coverTitle: Qualitative Inquiry in Education: The Continuing Debate
Author(s): Elliot W. Eisner, Alan Peshkin
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807730165, Pages: , Year: 1990
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This collection of original essays and reflections by a group of experienced scholars addresses the current state of qualitative research in education. The book’s editors, Elliot Eisner and Alan Peshkin, perceive the collection as voices in a wide-ranging conversation that they hope will continue to characterize the field. I will provide a flavor of the discussion by sampling the tone and scope of the separate arguments, while also trying to show that the metaphor of a conversation raises important questions about the future of qualitative inquiry. In Part I of the book, on objectivity in research, D.C. Philips untangles the concept of objectivity from notions of certainty, in so doing paying homage to postmodern doubts about the prospect of attaining certain knowledge. But Philips argues that some ways of studying the world and speaking about it are better than others, namely those that have faced “the demands of reason and of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 4, 1992, p. 749-752
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 269, Date Accessed: 1/17/2021 5:00:22 AM

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