2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

EDUC 226 - Uses and Abuses of Educational Research

Prepares students to critically analyze how research has been utilized—for better or for worse—by scholars who study education, schooling, and young people. Instead of asking “How does one do research?”, students focus our inquiry on a broader set of questions about research within the field of educational studies. Namely: What is research? Who does research and/or who gets researched? What does research produce? What is the relationship between research and knowledge? Research and truth? Research and power? How has research been done? Who has it traditionally served? And what does research do? By asking these (and other) questions about what comprises “research”, students engage in unpacking how it is we see, observe, perceive, and analyze the educational worlds around us, specifically through the lenses of race, gender, class, sexuality, Indigeneity, and ability. Because educational studies is a field that investigates how and what we learn and because research, put succinctly, deals with the production and reproduction of knowledges, studying research through the field of Educational Studies allows us to study how we learn about knowledge itself.

Credits: 1.00
Corequisite: None
Major/Minor Restrictions: Open to Majors only
Class Restriction: None
Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
Liberal Arts Practices: Confronting Collective Challenges and The Process of Writing
Core Component: None

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