Title

The use and misuse of taxpayers' money : publicly-funded educational research

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

British Educational Research Journal

Publication Date

8-1-2011

Volume

37

Issue

4

First Page

631

Last Page

655

Abstract

How should educational research be contracted? And is there anything wrong with the way that public funding of educational research is currently administered? We endeavour to answer these questions by appeal to the work of two of the most prominent philosophers of science of the twentieth century, namely Popper and Kuhn. Although their normative views of science are radically different, we show that they would nonetheless agree on a number of key rules concerning the extent to which scientific practice should be influenced ‘from the outside’. We then show that these rules are often broken in the way that research is publicly funded in the UK.

DOI

10.1080/01411926.2010.487933

Print ISSN

01411926

E-ISSN

14693518

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2011 British Educational Research Association

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Rowbottom, D. P., & Aiston, A. J. (2011). The use and misuse of taxpayers' money: Publicly-funded educational research. British Educational Research Journal, 37(4), 631-655. doi: 10.1080/01411926.2010.487933