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A Narrative Approach Exploring Philosophy in Education and Educational Research

Stolz, Steven A and Ozoliņš, Jānis T. (2018) A Narrative Approach Exploring Philosophy in Education and Educational Research. Educational Studies, 44 (5). pp. 578-593. ISSN 0305-5698

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Abstract

The use of narrative – in this case a fictional dialogue – has been a time-honoured way of exploring ideas and most importantly indispensable for learning, at least since the time of the Sophists. Indeed, the dialogues of Plato exemplify this thesis because the qualities and characteristics of philosophy and philosophising are revealed through their lives. Extending on this premise, we would argue that we learn to understand both the unity and complexity of philosophy – particularly in education and educational research – not by formal philosophical arguments, necessary as they are in some contexts, but by narratives that are relevant, narratives that make the actions of one or more characters intelligible and justifiable. As a result, this article uses a narrative approach for the dual purpose of exhibiting the relevance of philosophy intelligibly exhibited through the examples of the characters put forward (enquiring Ph.D. student and university professor), but at the same time characters we ourselves can learn from as they both dialectically engage with philosophically orientated problems.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Narrative(s), narrative enquiry, philosophy, truth, knowledge, educational research
Fields of Research: 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Education Studies
A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 02:55
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 02:55
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3612

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