© 2014

A Companion to Research in Education

  • Alan D. Reid
  • E. Paul Hart
  • Michael A. Peters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Conceptualising Research in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Bridges
      Pages 31-39
  3. Characterising Research in Education

About this book



This volume offers a unique commentary on the diverse ways that educational inquiry is conceived, designed and critiqued. An international team of scholars examines cross-cutting themes of how research in education is conceptualised, characterised, contextualised, legitimated and represented. Contributions include specially commissioned essays, critical commentaries, vignettes, dialogues and cases. Each section discusses the significance of a complex terrain of ideas and critiques that can inform thinking and practice in educational research. The result is a thorough and accessible volume that offers fresh insights into the perspectives and challenges that shape diverse genres of research in education.


Critiques of Educational Research Educational Research Educational Research Design Educational Research Methodology Philosophy of Educational Research

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan D. Reid
    • 1
  • E. Paul Hart
    • 2
  • Michael A. Peters
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada
  3. 3.Hamilton CampusUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

About the editors

Alan D. Reid is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. He edits Environmental Education Research, and is a member of the Education, Environment and Sustainability Faculty Research Group. Until 2012, he worked at the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, University of Bath, and is active in a range of environmental education research activities and networks, primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia. Alan’s research interests focus on teachers’ thinking and practice in environmental education, and traditions, capacities and issues in environmental education theory, research and practice.  

Paul Hart is Professor of Science and Environmental Education at the University of Regina and has been Visiting Professor at universities in Zurich, Bath, Durham and Monash. He has published widely in the field of environmental education, is Senior Editor of the Journal of Environmental Education, and Consulting Editor for several other journals. He has received many research awards and has served on the Grants Adjudication Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Paul’s current research interests are in the area of sociocultural learning and the construction of environmental identity. 

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at Waikato University, Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and School of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou University. He is the executive editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory  and editor of two international ejournals, Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning and Digital Media. Michael is an internationally renowned scholar of education, philosophy and social policy, with over 60 books to his name. He has a strong research interests in distributed knowledge systems, digital scholarship and elearning systems and has acted as an advisor to government on these and related matters in Scotland, NZ, South Africa and the EU.

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