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The potential of interviews to provide valuable information for social researchers is widely acknowledged. Theories underpinning the naturalistic research paradigm, such as phenomenology, ethnomethodology, and symbolic interactionism can influence interview research. It is argued that the...
This study reports an eclectic evaluation of a language program. The evaluation involved a formative phase (to develop a theoretical framework of language pragmatics, to develop materials and strategies); and a summative phase (a field trial involving pre-post outcome measures, student and...
This paper reports the results of a two-year study of student perceptions of school climate. The students concerned were from two non-metropolitan government secondary schools in Years 7 to 12 in New South Wales. Two scales, originally developed in the United Kingdom by Finlayson, Banks and...
Single-sex schooling, in some form, is offered by many feminists as one strategy for overcoming sexist educational practices. The purpose of this paper is to indicate flaws in the evidence, the logic and the politics of this ‘strategy’. The empirical evidence in favour of single-sex schooling is...
The concept ‘social context’ has become increasingly common in educational research. But unproblematic use of the concept has masked significant differences in its conceptualization. This paper examines the ‘social context’ and hence the trend to contextualism, as a locus of conceptual conflict....
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