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Interrogating (Hi)stories

Establishing the Educational Relevance of Spiritual Development Through Critical Historiography


Audrey Lingley

In Interrogating (Hi)stories, Audrey Lingley uses a critical constructivist perspective to problematize the absence of the spiritual dimension of human growth from pedagogical models that emphasize responsiveness to developmental psychology. The book investigates this conspicuous absence through critical historiographical research; it is a critical interrogation of the tacit understandings that guide education in general and middle grades reform in particular. The author offers practical, classroom-based implications and culturally respectful language for educators who believe spirituality is a legitimate aspect of human growth and learning in a public school setting.


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Chapter Five: Research Methods Illustrated


Chapter Five Research Methods Illustrated IN this chapter, I offer a detailed account of my research methods for a critical historiography. I begin with a description of the valid- ity strategies used during data collection, and then outline the specific processes used during the three rounds of data analysis: initial coding, focused coding, and contrapuntal reading. This ac- count of my specific processes was rendered using the memos I wrote before, during, and after data analysis. Because of the uniqueness of my research design, I decided to include an appen- dix with artifacts from my data analysis processes. I include these artifacts not only as documentation for this account of my research methods during data analysis but also as references for future critical historiographical research projects. Throughout this research, consistent with the principles of critical historiography, I have generated results that were then used as source materials for further loops of the hermeneutic cycle. The results of each round of data analysis were: 1. Initial Coding: initial codes for content and interpretations of beliefs, values, and assumptions (BVAs) 2. Focused Coding: 15 paradigms categories and thick narra- tives for each paradigm 3. Contrapuntal Reading: 3 meta-paradigms Except for the paradigm narratives, these results/source materials are included in this chapter. The paradigm narratives are both re- sults of the first two rounds of my data analysis as well as source materials used during the third round of data analysis. The para- digm narratives are presented in Chapter Six because they represent...

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