Where our thinking comes from

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Recently I have been thinking a lot about theory, and how people make sense of their lives. In my undergraduate psychology days, I was taught the scientific method of theory. Theory was the foundation of everything we did – we used theory to guide the research we would do, and we did research to test theories. Data could either support or contradict a theory. In the case of a contradiction, we knew we had to revise either the theory or our research methods. Being trained in a very positivist paradigm, we were told that what we did was science, and you could not trust anything else. To know, to find rules that we could use to predict the future, was the whole purpose of research.

And so starting a PhD in education was confusing, particular with my main supervisor coming from a very philosophical background in terms of what research…

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