What are Assumptions?
Although the pertinence of implicit assumptions is underlined in theory-based evaluations, the nature of these assumptions has been rarely discussed. To understand the nature of underlying assumptions, it is necessary to review the notion of assumptions in general and its remarkable role in the generation of knowledge. This chapter discusses the nature of assumptions and groups in 10 categories of assumptions according to Brookfield’s (Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1995) typology: Paradigmatic, Prescriptive and Causal assumptions and according to the degree of articulation.
KeywordsHull Posit Arena Metaphor Harman
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