Images of Educational Change

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EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH UNDONE
THE POSTMODERN EMBRACE

Ian Stronach and Maggie MacLure

As intelligent a hearing as postmodernism is likely to receive.

Professor Ernie House, School of Education,
University of Colorado at Boulder

This is a provocative, important book. It moves the discourses of postmodernism and deconstructionism to new levels of insight and analysis. Authors Stronach and MacLure perform a major service to the field, showing how these complex discourses can be fitted to the concrete practices of educational research and pedagogy. In so doing they set new goals and priorities for the next generation of educational research and theory.

Norman K. Denzin, College of Communications Scholar,
Distinguished Professor of Communication, Research Professor
of Sociology, Criticism and Interpretive Theory,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This book is the first educational research text in the UK to come to terms with postmodernism and deconstruction, connecting these emerging problematics of ‘representation’ to issues in philosophy, research methodology, and policy critique, and both providing and criticizing its own examples. The authors draw on literary theory, anthropology and sociology in order to construct alternative ways of reading and writing educational research, claiming that it is with a ‘reformed inheritance’ that such research can best address the condition of postmodernity as well as the positive and negative aspects of postmodernism. The book will appeal to educational and social researchers, as well as to research students.


Contents

‘… Opening …’ – Fashioning postmodernism, finishing modernism: tales from the fitting room – Jack in two boxes: a postmodern perspective on the transformation of persons into portraits – Eccentric subject, impossible object: a postmodern reading of Hannah Culwick – Is Halloween postmodern? – Mobilization meaning, demobilizing critique? Dilemmas in the deconstruction of educational discourse – Can the mothers of invention make virtue out of necessity? An optimistic deconstruction of research compromises in contract research and evaluation – Telling transitions: boundary work in narratives of becoming an action researcher – Unletting transitions – Enclosures -‘… The mourning after the knight before …’ – Appendices – References – Index.

208 pp    0 335 19433 8 (Paperback)    0 335 19434 6 (Hardback)

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