Democracy, method and valid knowledge

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Thomas Hansson
Title: Democracy, method and valid knowledge
Translated title: Demokrati, metod och giltig kunskap
Journal: Nordisk pedagogik
Year: 2008
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Pagination: 15-29
ISSN: 0901-8050.
Publisher: Universitetsforlaget
City: Oslo
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: Analysis of the content area – democracy – and the object of study – values – enable a diagnosis-analysis-synthesis approach tohuman behaviour, primarily by means of textual criticism. Some of the studied articles are classified as demagogically symbolmanipulative items for highlighting the writer’s competence.
Other articles are democratically actionable for developing research and education. It seems as if social science research often forms into mere talk for the Academy, but sometimes research also provides useful pieces of advice for the practitioner. A crucial divide runs between is-pragmatic and should-idealist approaches to knowledge. Successful articles portray actionable knowledgen and striving articles illustrate textual knowledge.
Subject: Education\General
Keywords: Knowledge, Epistemology, Methodology, Philosophy of Education