From idola conceptiones to discourse analysis: A response to Bart Crum

Macdonald, D (2001) From idola conceptiones to discourse analysis: A response to Bart Crum. Quest, 53 2: 197-201. doi:10.1080/00336297.2001.10491739

Author Macdonald, D
Title From idola conceptiones to discourse analysis: A response to Bart Crum
Journal name Quest   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-6297
Publication date 2001-01-01
Year available 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00336297.2001.10491739
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Start page 197
End page 201
Total pages 5
Editor J.M. Dunn
Place of publication Champaign, Il
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Subject C1
330206 Curriculum Theory and Development
749906 Education policy
Abstract Crum's notion of idola as a conceptual fallacy is interesting, somewhat helpful, yet potentially limiting in a critique of research in PE if one is to accept a postmodern or poststructuralist position. In line with a poststructuralist position, a strength in Crum's application of idola is the recognition that research in PE is constituted by the researcher and their social world which, in turn, constitutes the researcher. Limitations to Crum's idola thesis arise when the notion is used to suggest that as a result of the researcher's lack of conceptual clarity, the quest for knowledge or truth about PE pedagogy is undermined as this assumes that meanings can be unequivocal and precede a linear research process. In contrast, this response argues that a priority in research should be to examine how, and under what conditions, particular discourses come to shape PE practices in schools and universities. In a postmodern world, conceptual clarity should not be the goal but rather a coming to understand how PE knowledge and practice is being constructed across sites and contexts.
Keyword Sport Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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