Traveling beyond dangerous private and universal discourses - Radioactivity of radical hermeneutics and objectivism in educational research


QUALITATIVE INQUIRY, vol.12, no.6, pp.1198-1219, 2006 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1077800405276773
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1198-1219
  • Keywords: radical hermeneutics, critical theory, No Child Left Behind, NCLB, National Research Council, NRC report, practical philosophy, QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


In this article, the author explores several definitions of reading and evaluating educational research texts without finding deep private meanings or developing objective, scientific, and instrumental norms for evaluating quality of educational research studies. Among these descriptions, the author emphasizes Gadamer's weak poststructural model and Habermas's critique of and contribution to it, aiming to replace the neoconservative objectivist and neoliberal subjectivist traditions with something of greater social and intellectual utility: a "dialectical and critical" theory of reading and evaluation of educational research. This alternative approach, based on philosophical hermeneutics, critical theory, and practical philosophy, identifies understanding, interpreting, and evaluating a research text as a political, ideological, ethical, critical, gendered, sexual, racial, transformative, social, discursive, deliberative, and performed experience. The author argues that knowledge developed from this alternative approach represents a step toward the development of transformative political practices and progressive institutions to challenge the neoconservative status quo at intellectual, political, and practical levels.