American Journal of Educational Research
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American Journal of Educational Research. 2015, 3(3), 312-317
DOI: 10.12691/education-3-3-10
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The Philosophical Foundations of Educational Research: a Beginner’s Guide

Hussein Assalahi1,

1School of Education, TESOL, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

Pub. Date: March 02, 2015

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Hussein Assalahi. The Philosophical Foundations of Educational Research: a Beginner’s Guide. American Journal of Educational Research. 2015; 3(3):312-317. doi: 10.12691/education-3-3-10

Abstract

This paper aims to provide a concise introduction about the philosophical underpinnings of educational research. Whilst the philosophies of educational research have been extensively researched, a concise guide is hoped to uncover research underpinnings for beginners’ postgraduate research students. It overviews the philosophies, paradigms, basic terminologies and related methodologies of educational research. Moreover, the paper provides insights into how researchers’ philosophical stance can inform their research undertaking and transform the educational landscape.

Keywords:
paradigm ontology epistemology methodology quantitative qualitative mixed-methods

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