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Disrupting Qualitative Inquiry

Possibilities and Tensions in Educational Research


Edited By Ruth Nicole Brown, Rozana Carducci and Candace R. Kuby

Disrupting Qualitative Inquiry is an edited volume that examines the possibilities and tensions encountered by scholars who adopt disruptive qualitative approaches to the study of educational contexts, issues, and phenomena. It presents a collection of innovative and intellectually stimulating chapters which illustrate the potential for disruptive qualitative research perspectives to advance social justice aims omnipresent in educational policy and practice dialogues. The book defines «disruptive» qualitative methodologies and methods in educational research as processes of inquiry which seek to:
1) Disrupt traditional notions of research roles and relationships
2) Disrupt dominant approaches to the collection and analysis of data
3) Disrupt traditional notions of representing and disseminating research findings
4) Disrupt rigid epistemological and methodological boundaries
5) Disrupt disciplinarily boundaries and assumptive frameworks of how to do educational research
Scholars and graduate students interested in disrupting traditional approaches to the study of education will find this book of tremendous value. Given the inclusion of both research examples and reflective narratives, this book is an ideal text for adoption in introductory research design seminars as well as advanced courses devoted to theoretical and practical applications of qualitative and interpretive methodologies.
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Nicole Beeman-Cadwallader is a doctoral candidate in Science Education at Indiana University. Her research interests include documenting the unique narratives, rich with traditional ecological knowledge, of traditionally marginalized communities for purposes of broadening the cultural congruency of science and environmental education. Much of her research engages with interrogating environmental education, from pre-Kindergarten through university education, and often beyond school settings. Nicole also has interests in self-study and qualitative research methodologies, particularly those of ethnographic and narrative traditions.

Ruth Nicole Brown is an assistant professor of Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At Michigan, she also earned certification in gender and women’s studies and world performance studies. Her research interests include cultural production, girls’ studies, performance, research methodology, and women of color feminisms. She is the author of Black Girlhood Celebration Toward A Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy (2009) and co-author of Wish To Live: The Hip-Hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader (2012), both with Peter Lang Press. Her second single-authored book, Hear Our ← 273 | 274 → Truths The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood, is forthcoming, published by the University of Illinois Press.

Rozana Carducci is an assistant professor of Higher Education in Student Affairs in the Department of Adolescent Education and Leadership at Salem State University. She received her doctorate in Higher Education from UCLA and her Master’s degree in College Student...

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