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education research

  • Making a case for social theory in education research

    I was interviewed recently by Dr. Philip Tonner, Director of The Hutcheson’s Centre for Research in Glasgow, who very kindly asked me to shared my thoughts about social theory and education research. I found this a rewarding exercise – it allowed me

  • Editor’s choice: Childhood and recognition: Honneth Applied

    Article: Thomas, N. (2012). Love, rights and solidarity: Studying children’s participation using Honneth’s theory of recognition. Childhood, 19(4) 453–466. Thomas’ paper on children’s participation is one of a growing number of studies applying the work of Axel Honneth to social research. Through

  • So what did you think of my book Andrew?

    Book review of: Social Theory and Education Research. Edited by Mark Murphy. Routledge: Oxon. 2013 In this very timely, accessible and resourceful book editor Mark Murphy brings together experienced researchers to consider how and why social theory is relevant to our understandings

  • How do you analyse qualitative data? A supervisor speaks

    How do people – research students in particular – make sense of large amounts of qualitative data? In my experience of supervising, this is a real issue for many students. And that’s not surprising. One of the expectations of post-graduate work is

  • What did Marx mean by Thesis Eleven?

    Thesis Eleven is the most famous of Karl Marx’s Theses on Feuerbach, and goes like this:   The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it. As well as being the most famous thesis