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Virtuous Educational Research

Conversations on Ethical Practice


Julian Stern

This is a book of conversations with researchers working across Europe, the USA and Africa. It aims to illuminate the lived reality of educational research on a wide variety of topics, including family life in rural South Africa, support for self-harming students in the UK, character development in the USA and Korea, educational leadership in the UK and China, philosophical analysis of education policy, and much more.
The book is for and about researchers and is built around a set of conversations with the author – a fellow researcher. Researchers work at the frontiers of our knowledge and understanding of the world, and frontiers can be dangerous places. How are the researchers’ personal qualities – virtues such as courage, honesty and kindness – tested and exemplified in their work? The conversations presented here explore the experience of research and ask what qualities are needed, or wished for, in order to successfully face its challenges. There are many books that include lists of what to do and what not to do when carrying out research. Here, in contrast, we find out what really happens and why – and what it takes to keep going.


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Preface ix Part I Remembering Virtue 1 Chapter 1 Introduction: From Ethics to Virtues 3 Part II Starting the Conversation 19 Chapter 2 Conversation in Philosophy: The Rational and the Reasonable 21 Philosophy in Action: A Conversation with Morwenna Griffiths 22 Producing Better People: A Conversation with Nel Noddings 28 Chapter 3 Integrity and Sincerity 39 Competing Moral Principles: A Conversation with Ron Best 41 Thinking Myself Into the World: A Conversation with Helen Lees 48 Chapter 4 Inside Out: Orthodoxy and its Alternatives in Educational Research 57 Am I Just Hiding Behind a Tradition?: A Conversation with Mario D’Souza 58 A Bit of a Nomad: A Conversation with Anne Pirrie 65 vi Part III Building Relationships 75 Chapter 5 It’s Not Therapy, But … 77 The Evidence Should Provoke Some Kind of Feelings in People: A Conversation with Mike Bottery 78 I Wanted to Keep on Learning: A Conversation with Lander Calvelhe 86 Chapter 6 Just Work: Professing as Professor and as Professional 95 I Call it Work: A Conversation with Jean McNiff 97 To Build Relationships: A Conversation with Jacqui Akhurst 103 Chapter 7 Taking Time: Prudence and Pacing 113 We Intervene Too Soon: A Conversation with Shanaaz Hoosain 114 Learning to Live With Difference: A Conversation with Sr Agnes Wilkins 121 Part IV Sustainable Researchers 131 Chapter 8 Courage Enough: The Need to Support and Be Supported 133 Part of my Being: A Conversation with Lāsma Latsone 134 Research is Messy: A Conversation with Lynne Gabriel 141...

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