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Applying Theory to Educational Research provides educationalresearchers with an accessible introduction to the process ofselecting and applying theories in their work.

  • Offers an innovative and accessible approach to educationalresearch by providing practical examples of the application oftheory
  • Gives 'hands-on' accounts for the researcher andpractitioner
  • Explains and discusses complex ideas in the light ofexperience in using and applying them
  • Covers the application of major theorists such as Bourdieu,Foucault, Weber, Derrida, and Vygotsky

For beginning researchers, theory can be one of the moststimulating – yet intellectually daunting – aspects ofacademic work. Applying Theory to Educational Researchprovides new educational researchers with a uniquely accessibleintroduction to the process of selecting and applying theories intheir own work. Written by a team of leading educationalistswriting from the perspective of new researchers, clearly structuredchapters introduce individual theorists and their ideas, presenttheir applications and limitations, and provide extensivereferences and suggestion for further reading. Major theorists suchas Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Max Weber, Jacques Derrida,and Lev Vygotsky are included, along with many more recenteducational theorists. Throughout the text, helpful hints andsignposts are provided to alert readers to the potential pitfallsof applying theory.

Innovative and illuminating, Applying Theory to EducationalResearch offers a wealth of practical insights that will pointthe way for novice researchers struggling to navigate an oftendaunting intellectual obstacle course.

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