The possibility and importance of postperspectival working

JAY, Tim (2012). The possibility and importance of postperspectival working. Educational Research Review, 9, 34-46.

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This article addresses the issue of the plurality of theories and perspectives in education research, and introduces postperspectival theory as a means to work with this plurality. Three pieces of research are discussed, all focusing on children’s learning of numbers, one taking a cognitivist perspective, the other two a more sociocultural perspective. Drawing on poststructuralist theory, the article addresses questions of how we make sense of research from multiple perspectives – in particular, how researchers might respond to apparent contradictions that arise when working across perspectives. A proposal for a means of working towards a synthesis of theory, using the example of children’s learning of number, is proposed. An argument is made that a postperspectival approach is first of all possible, and secondly an important tool in the construction in the development and application of educational theory.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.edurev.2012.11.002
Depositing User: Tim Jay
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 12:04
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 12:11

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