Book Chapter

Locating theory in research: Opening a conversation

J Quay, J Bleazby, SA Stolz, M Toscano, RS Webster

Theory and Philosophy in Education Research: Methodological Dialogues | Published : 2018

Abstract

This introductory chapter is specifically intended to support those newer to research, such as graduate researchers, by offering a propaedeutic – a teaching orientated introduction – to help scaffold a way into the multifaceted conversation about theory and research that unfolds in the chapters to come. For this reason, we have designed the first chapter around a series of analogies between researching and catering. It may appear incongruous to bring researching – which most would consider to be a highbrow and specialized enterprise – together with the seemingly commonplace, everyday task of catering a shared meal. However, this everydayness is valuable because it supports the notion of “‘ca..

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