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McPhail, Graham; Lourie, Megan – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2017
In this paper we outline a case for including realism as an approach for carrying out research in education. Realism is often missing or under-represented in methodology text books which tend to misrepresent positivism and over-claim the epistemic authority possible for interpretivism. While interpretivism is arguably the dominant research…
Descriptors: Realism, Research Methodology, Social Science Research
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McPhail, Graham; Rata, Elizabeth – New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 2016
This paper theorises a curriculum model containing four features. We use these features as criteria to analyse and evaluate two distinctive curriculum design types: '21st Century Learning' and 'Powerful Knowledge'. The four features are: (i) the underpinning theory of knowledge in each curriculum design type; (ii) the knowledge structures used to…
Descriptors: Curriculum Research, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Theories