Not to be confused with research on
communities of participants, this session will deal with some notions of
research as the social construction of reality and the resultant nature of
research as community, situated within a particular socio-historical
context. Research is not the dispassionate, objective activity that many
take it to be. What counts as good research and what count as good research
questions are defined by the communities of researchers in given locations
at particular points in time.
Various philosophical notions taken from the work of Vygotsky along with
notions of community will be used to help students to better sense the
communities of researchers they are joining.
Phillips, D.C. (ed.). (2000). Constructivism in education: Opinions and
second opinions on controversial issues. Ninety-ninth yearbook of the
National Society for the Study of Education. Part 1. Read Section Two. Pages
87-157. Will be placed on Reserve.