The Heart of the Matter: Philosophy and Educational Research

Publisher: Review of Research in Education, 26
Page Numbers: 1-21

Philosophy has long played a significant role in educational leadership, from the thought of Plato to Jean-Jacques Rousseau to John Dewey to Nel Noddings. In this chapter, the author demonstrates how philosophy continues to be a vital part of careful education scholarship. The author divides the discussion into examples of philosophy in educational research and philosophy as educational research. Philosophy in educational research refers to the kind of philosophical analysis that takes the practice of empirical educational research as its point of departure. It involves critical discussions of research methodology and how empirical educational research is framed.