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EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH- RISK AND DILEMMAS

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Issues in researching Australian governments ’ school education digital technologies policies Researching Australian governments ’ school education digital technologies policies is complex and problematic. Policies advocating the use of digital technologies in government schools are promoted by all public school education systems in Australia. Commissioned school education research about these policies however, is often linked into the respective governments ’ frameworks of accountability, while at the same time, are also linked to economic markets. In an attempt to establish ‘education ’ as a legitimate discipline, past educational research approaches have been underpinned by positivist rationality grounded upon a scientific base. Research concerning technologies has also tended to use positivist research approaches. Similarly policy research has appropriated rational, scientific research strategies. Some of the problems with using positivist research approaches to consider the policies advocating the use of digital technologies in school education however, include difficulties in making distinctions between objectivity and subjectivity; the nature and purpose of government funded research; and the number and complexity of the variables that can b

Year: 2011
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