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Intellectuals or Technicians? The Urgent Role of Theory in Educational Studies

Stephen J. Ball
British Journal of Educational Studies
Vol. 43, No. 3 (Sep., 1995), pp. 255-271
DOI: 10.2307/3121983
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3121983
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This paper discusses some problems with the field of educational studies and considers the role of post-structuralist theory in shifting the study of education away from a 'technical rationalist' approach (as evidenced in the case of much research on educational management and school effectiveness) towards an 'intellectual intelligence' stance that stresses contingency, disidentification and risk-taking.

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