What Is Educational Inquiry?

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What is educational inquiry?

Educators and scholars draw upon data from many sources and on different subjects to illuminate current issues and trends in educational institutions. These subjects may include data from demography, health, education, culture and environment as well as government institutions and national databases. Educators and scholars use various research methods to collect, analyse and critique their findings to support or refute the topic of inquiry they are undertaking. Many researchers will commonly use the published data of others in the same manor to reinforce/support or counter argue their standing in a subject area.

Three articles have been chosen to critique in order to demonstrate various research
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2007, P. 198) and to add-in structured play opportunities as a way to improve student fitness and reduce inappropriate behaviours. Evans focuses on the major concepts through “value-resonant data” (Cohen, et al. 2011, p. 136 & Gliner, J. A., & Morgan, G. A. 2000, p.22) from a number of sources and takes into account the variables such as fully supervised play, invitational play and academic demands.
The favourable data reinforces the strong relationship between the stated variables and Evans reasons logically the benefits of these relationships. However, Evans uses a “theory triangulation” (Patton. 2002, p.562 & Babbie. 2011, p.122) by examining data from the perspective of those that believe children’s playtime is essential in gaining social skills. Patton (2002) suggests that this use of data analysis assists in less distortion and bias and aids in credibility and quality of the findings.
In reporting the findings of the article, Evans does not support or refute the addressed conflicting data that has political interests on both sides. Babbie (2011) states, “contested social issues simply cannot remain antiseptically objective—particularly when differing ideologies are pitted against each other in a field of social science data” (p.86). He is not “persuasive, consistent or suggestive” (Patton. 2002, p.162) and simply gives the accounts an equal weight in the debate. His synthesis of the evidence does address the research question, but
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