Expectations of what scientific research could (not) do: problems of translation, tool, lag of time and context

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Abstract

Starting from a general analysis of what scientific research and practices can (not) and coud (not) do, domain-internal and domain-external limits of the scientific enterprise will be tackled. Four angles will be analysed: (1) the difficulty of translation from reality to science and from science to society; (2) the force of the tool or the mediation of interpretation by models and theories; (3) the time lag, as scientific, societal and human time-scales do not always match; (4) the presence of the context, be it the scientific, the cultural or the ideological context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Research: Why 'What Works' doesn't work
EditorsPaul Smeyers, Marc Depaepe
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer
Pages109-126
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)1-4020-5307-X
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2006

Keywords

  • philosophy
  • pedagogy
  • society

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