London Branch Seminar
This presentation is a preliminary examination of the concept of causation, and how it shapes the way that we think about education and educational research. We engage in education with the intention of producing specific outcomes, confident that we understand the connection between our goals and the means that we select. In this presentation I examine how the ideas of cause and effect have changed over time, suggest certain problems with our common sense notion of causation, and explain why this is important for how we think about education and educational research.
David Turner obtained his PhD in Comparative Education at the Institute of Education in 1981, since when he has taught in education departments in a number of universities in the UK and abroad. He is currently Professor of Education in the Institute for International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University. He is the author of a number of books, including Theory and Practice of Education (Continuum, 2009), and numerous articles.