Qual Quant (2011) 45:739–741 DOI 10.1007/s11135-010-9410-0 René Butter Published online: 5 December 2010 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010 Ecological Pedagogy is the “Pedagogy of the whole”. It assumes a continuous interaction between the individual and his or her environment (e.g. Bronfenbrenner (1977)). Tradi- tionally, Pedagogy has been aimed at separate aspects, such as the school, the family, the neighbourhood or government policies. By contrast, Ecological Pedagogy is characterised by an integral approach. The perspectives of children, parents, educators and other stakeholders are in the middle and are approached by taking into account all their important interrelations. In this essay, a plea is made for a broad research perspective in Ecological Pedagogy in which qualitative and quantitative methods are treated by addressing their similarities rather than their differences. 1 Investigative attitude Ecological research implies opening up to the questions that can arise in speciﬁc contexts. This requires an open, communicative and reﬂective attitude of “continuous self investigation”. As a researcher, it is important to be aware of one’s principles, questions, and expectations and be as explicit about them as possible. In other words, one needs to structure them. Doing so, others get the opportunity to agree or disagree with
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