The contested call for 'what works' education research: the nature of contemporary education research discourses and Grosseteste's views on the anima mundi

Hounslow-Eyre, A. (2019) The contested call for 'what works' education research: the nature of contemporary education research discourses and Grosseteste's views on the anima mundi. In: Robert Grosseteste and Theories of Education: The Ordered Human. Routledge International Studies inn the Philosophy of Education . Routledge, Oxford, pp. 155-174. ISBN 9780367273026

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Abstract

The chapter draws parallels between Grosseteste’s comments on the anima mundi and contemporary calls for education research to become more evidence informed. The chapter challenges the common interpretation of Grosseteste’s commentary on the anima mundi placing it in a wider philosophical debate over the ‘nature of Nature’. It is suggested that Grosseteste’s reluctance to fully renounce the concept of the anima mundi gives an insight into the contemporary debate within education over the desirability of ‘what works’ approaches to research. As Nature understood as animated by a ‘world soul’ is resistant to description through natural scientific methods, so education research should resist ‘what works’ approaches in favour of a research methodology, informed by complexity theory, that can recognise the animated and emergent nature of Nature.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Routledge. This is an author accepted manuscript of a chapter subsequently published in Robert Grosseteste and Theories of Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Dr Adam Hounslow-Eyre
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 13:38
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 11:43
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/676

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