Paradigm Wars Revisited: A Cartography of Graduate Research in the Field of Education (1980–2010)

  title={Paradigm Wars Revisited: A Cartography of Graduate Research in the Field of Education (1980–2010)},
  author={Sebastian Munoz-Najar Galvez and Raphael Heiko Heiberger and Daniel A. McFarland},
  journal={American Educational Research Journal},
  pages={612 - 652}
Education entails conflicting perspectives about its subject matter. In the late 1980s, the conflict developed into a war between interpretive and causal paradigms. Did the confrontation result in a balance between these warring sides? We use text analysis to identify research trends in 137,024 dissertation abstracts from 1980 to 2010 and relate these to students’ academic employment outcomes. Topics associated with the interpretive approach rose in popularity, while the outcomes-oriented… 

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