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Life History Research In Educatl Setg,Sc : Doing Qualitative Research in Educational Settings - Goodson

Life History Research In Educatl Setg,Sc

Doing Qualitative Research in Educational Settings

By: Goodson

Paperback Published: 1st September 2001
ISBN: 9780335207138
Number Of Pages: 144

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It has long been recognised that life history method has a great deal to offer to those engaged in social research. Indeed, right from the start of the twentieth century, eminent sociologists such as W.I. Thomas, C. Wright Mills and Herbert Blumer have suggested that it is the best, the perfect, approach for studying any aspect of social life. In recent years, life history has become increasingly popular with researchers investigating educational topics of all kinds, including: teachers' perceptions and experiences of different areas of their lives and careers; curriculum and subject development; pedagogical practice; and managerial concerns. Life History Research in Educational Settings sets out to explore and consider the various reasons for this popularity and makes the case that the approach has a major and unique contribution to make to understandings of schools, schooling and educational experience however characterised. The book draws extensively on examples of life history research in order to illustrate theoretical, methodological, ethical and practical issues.

Series editor's prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Developing life historiesp. 6
The story of life history: origins of the life history methodp. 6
Reasons for the decline of life history in early sociological studyp. 11
From modernism to postmodernismp. 14
Techniques for doing life historyp. 19
Introductionp. 19
Reasons for choosing research approaches and methodsp. 20
Research populationsp. 22
Negotiating access and participationp. 25
Strategies for collecting datap. 27
Working with life history datap. 32
Analysis using computer programsp. 35
Data presentationp. 37
In conclusionp. 37
What have you got when you've got a life story? Epistemological considerationsp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Life history from the perspective of the life story tellerp. 41
Life history from the perspective of the life historianp. 48
In conclusionp. 56
Studying teachers' life histories and professional practicep. 57
Introductionp. 57
Our starting pointsp. 57
Introducing computers into a teacher's life: issues of professional practice and developmentp. 62
Raising issuesp. 70
Life history as a strategy for personal professional developmentp. 72
In conclusionp. 74
Life stories and social context: storylines and scriptsp. 75
Introductionp. 75
A script to live and work fromp. 75
Scholarship scriptsp. 77
In conclusionp. 86
Questions of ethics and power in life history researchp. 89
Introductionp. 89
Research design and conductp. 91
The nature of the topics that life historians tend to study allied with the nature of the methodologyp. 96
Claims that life history research can be emancipatory and empoweringp. 99
Further considerationsp. 103
Confronting the dilemmasp. 105
Introductionp. 105
The dilemmasp. 106
Alternative livesp. 110
Finallyp. 112
Bibliographyp. 113
Indexp. 122
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ISBN: 9780335207138
ISBN-10: 0335207138
Series: Doing Qualitative Research in Educational Settings
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st September 2001
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1