IGCE Symposium - Is there a philosophical research method in Education?


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Presenter:  Dr Stephen Bolaji

Date: Sep 14, 2016

Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Contact person:  IGCE
T: 08 8946 7062
E: igce@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Orange 2.4.07, Casuarina Campus / Online - Live stream opens at 15:45 Darwin time (Online Instructions) or you can join from our website

Abstract: In this modern world, human consciousness has been overwhelmed by the triumph of science and technology. Everywhere around, it is the language of science that is heard. A great dimension to this research has been the development of space exploration, which has given a new horizon to man’s environment and has provided insight into the future course of man’s accomplishments. Even in the field of education, scientific or empirical research has a profound influence. Hence, any research endeavour not patterned along these tenets of sciences is seen as hollow and without purpose. This is the travail of philosophical research in a world once controlled by imagination and speculative wonder. Nevertheless, a reversal of this position is imminent as philosophical research struggles for its freedom from the scientific model. There seems to be no or little agreement in the literature regarding what constitutes a philosophical method. Some writers believe that philosophical research methodology is not subject to articulation. Others suggest that while it may be articulated, doing so is of no appreciable consequence; others appear to rebuff the notion without complete rejection. In this paper, the author argues that there is a philosophical method in education, which has the potential for breaking new grounds in the field of human inquiry.

Bio: Stephen Dele Bolaji teaches Bachelor of Secondary Curriculum units and Master of Education International in the school of education. He has two doctoral degrees in Education (Philosophy and Policy studies). Stephen is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, Nigeria and Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. His research interest is in the areas of philosophy, policy studies and Educational foundations. Stephen is a member of many professional associations including Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), Philosophy of Education Association of Nigeria, (PEAN), Asia and the Pacific Policy Society.