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Chapter Five: On the Urgency and Relevance of Research for Marxists
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On the Urgency and Relevance of Research for Marxists
Under capitalism, research that reflects the interests of the ruling class is often that which is the most funded, promoted, and easily accessed. Within the field of education, research that uncritically accepts the inevitability of evidentiary tenets of high-stakes, standardized testing such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Response to Intervention, and Common Core typically receives the most support, along with “school choice” research funded by think tanks (Scott & Jabbar, 2014). For example, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, one of the largest professional organizations for educators, has a “topics” tab on their website where people can access existing resources and research. The totality of the topics listed include: 21st century skills, brain-based learning, building academic vocabulary, character education, classroom management, Common Core, democratic education, differentiated instruction, effective teaching and leading, English language learners, inclusion and special education, multicultural education, multiple intelligences, response to intervention, school culture/climate, school safety, school standards, student assessment, student mentoring, understanding by design, what works in schools, and whole child. Additionally, those studies that use quantitative approaches are also privileged over qualitative, both in terms of funding and prestige of publication (Denzin, 2009; Denzin & Giardina, 2006; Roth, 2002). Analyses that involve a more critical stance, including the use of qualitative methodologies, are marginalized, either by being contained to independent journals or relegated...
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