Journal of East China Normal University(Educationa ›› 2017, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (3): 150-158+174.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2017.03.016

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Empirical Educational Research: Its Past, Present and Future

CHENG Jiankun, CHEN Jing   

  1. Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Online:2017-06-20 Published:2017-05-16

Abstract: Since empirical paradigm was introduced into education research, empirical education research has experienced three stages: the pure empirical quantitative research,empirical quantitative-based study, and the concurrent empirical quantitative and qualitative research. The difference between qualitative and quantitative research paradigm leads to diversified content and process of empirical education research. In this article, the authors propose the meta-model inferences of empirical education research based on the disadvantage of causal interpretation paradigm. Because of empirical quantitative and qualitative research,philosophy researches and empirical researches have their advantages and disadvantages, and there is the long-term debate about the appropriateness of education empirical research. As a result, mixed methods research is put forward to take the advantage of a variety of research paradigms and overcome their disadvantages.

Key words: empirical educational research;empiricalquantitative research, empiricalquantitative research, mixed methods research