Logics, theories, models, methodologies, methods...
As I work with different references I will put them on. I don't think all of them are particularly useful but if you are interested and want to share some of my meanderings and make up your own mind I would be very pleased to hear from you if you would like to share your thinking with me.
Dadds, M. & Hart, S. (2001) Doing Practitioner Research Differently, London; RoutledgeFalmer
Mellor, N. (1999) has written on Messy Methods. Links from his site to papers and his thesis are well work following.
Ilyenkov, E. (1977) Dialectical Logic. Moscow; Progess publishers.
Habermas, J. (1976) Communication and the evolution of society. London: Heinemann. Key quote.
Godard, S. (2009) A case against school effectiveness accessed from Steven Godard's website.The TES article that draws on this paper is - Academics demolish 'useless' CVA system definitely worth looking at.
Berliner, D. (2009) Blame for school achievement gap misplaced. Berliner says that NCLB's accountability system is "fatally flawed" because it holds schools accountable for student achievement without regard for the out-of-school factors that affect it. A well respected academic in America contributes to the same arguement that is going on in England.
The practice of educators reflects theories which in turn are the lived expressions of values and beliefs. Sometime the links are obvious and explicity, more often they are not. In making them explicit and recognising where practice is not just inconsistent with my theories or beliefs about how people learn and grow with an increasing understanding of who they are and want to be in the world, but recognise where these inconsistencies have unintended consequences which in effect negate my values - what I hold as important.
Ellis, T.I. (1990) Invitational Learning for Counseling and Development. Highlights: An ERIC/CAPS Digest. Accessed from http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-9214/learning.htm