International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (Int J Qual Stud Educ )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


The aim of the Journal is to enhance the practice of qualitative research in education. The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education publishes research employing a variety of qualitative methods and approaches, including (but not limited to) ethnographic observation and interviewing, grounded theory, life history, case study, curriculum criticism, policy studies, ethnomethodology, social and educational critique, phenomenology, deconstruction and genealogy. Discussions of epistemology, methodology or ethics from a range of perspectives, including (but no limited to) postpositivism, interpretivism, constructivism, critical theory, feminism and race-based, lesbian/gay and poststructural ones, are also considered. In addition, innovative or provocative approaches to qualitative research in general or to the way research is reported are encouraged.

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article explores how place matters in public school reform efforts intended to promote more equitable opportunities and outcomes. Qualitative case studies of three California middle schools’ eighth grade math reforms and the resulting opportunities for Latino English learners are presented, using the conceptual frameworks of critical human geography to situate math reform processes within local and regional social, political, economic, institutional and spatial dynamics. The cases reveal relationships between local efforts to transform or maintain racially and ethnically segregated housing and school attendance patterns, decision-making about math programmes and resource allocation, and resulting student learning opportunities. Together they suggest that (1) efforts to foster more equitable student outcomes must account for the mutually constitutive nature of schools and their localities; (2) mobilization, and educational leaders’ responses to it, matter; and (3) place-sensitive education research demands place-sensitive conceptual frameworks and interdisciplinary, qualitative research methods.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: While some scholars have emphasized the culturally contingent nature of disabilities, far less research has attended to the situated and discursive contexts within which those with disabilities and their communities make relevant their own understandings and representations of disability. Drawing from a larger ethnographic study, in this article we report findings generated from the analysis of audio and video data from therapy sessions and waiting room conversations among children with autism labels, their parents and therapists. We share a detailed analysis from one therapy session, using selected excerpts to illustrate the patterns noted across the corpus of data. We drew upon a discursive psychology framework informed by critical notions of disability, poststructural understandings of discourse, and certain aspects of conversation analysis to explore ways in which therapists reframed non-normative behaviors. We found that, rather than orienting to their work as “fixing” the child, therapists supported the child in making sense of how others (outsiders) might interpret their words and bodies. We illustrate how participants discursively worked to co-construct an account for how problematic behaviors may have been “misunderstood.” We argue that practitioners and others should consider ways in which they might reorient to and reinterpret children whose communication and behaviors fall outside of the norm.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 01/2014; 27(5):641-666.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents results of an investigation exploring the experience and functionality of positive feelings and emotions in learning and teaching. The role of emotions in learning is receiving increasing attention; however, few studies have researched how university students and academics experience and perceive positive emotions. A prototype approach to emotion measurement is used to analyse interview data of students and lecturers at an Australian university. Themes associated with five positive emotions are explored and student and lecturer views compared.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 11/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores promiscuous black feminism by juxtaposing the pedagogiesof black feminism, Foucualt’s poststructuralism, and my grandmother. The ten-sions created by these juxtapositions illuminate the ways black feminism andpoststructuralism are resources and challenges to each other, and how both offerunderstandings of the relations at play that shape identities and lives. Makinguse of these theories and lessons from my grandmother, I explore the necessityand dangers of experience in theorizing power and vulnerability in theorizingexperience. Focusing on experiences and feminist lessons from my grandmother,I propose that much more than power is at play. Keywords: Foucault; power; vulnerability; experience; black feminism
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 01/2013; 26(5):567–579.
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    ABSTRACT: This article focuses on how interaction meetings between researchers and research participants in a northern Finnish village and its village school develop the researchers’ sense of responsibility as part of their research ethics. The ethics of caring is often seen as the root of the ethics of responsibility, but the authors suggest listening to both the “justice voice” and “caring voice.” Reflecting on the research project and on events in the field, three senses of responsibility are distinguished and described: one, the responsibility for relationships; two, political responsibility; and three, the responsibility to maintain a democratic process when presenting results. We argue that the local and bodily experiences of a researcher in the field give a researcher new emplaced knowledge that transforms his or her sense of responsibility.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 01/2013; 26(8):1062–1078.
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    ABSTRACT: In 2002, Greenlandic reform leaders launched a comprehensive, nation‐wide reform to create culturally compatible education. Greenland’s reform work spans the entire educational system and includes preschool through higher education. To assist their efforts, reform leaders adopted the Standards for Effective Pedagogy developed at the Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE). The standards are principles of effective teaching and learning that have been researched in many other indigenous communities. This study investigated the early stages of Greenland’s reform work of the public school to understand why reform leaders adopted the CREDE standards, and what constraints, if any, the standards posed in the Greenlandic context. The findings suggest the reform was initiated to further decolonize Greenland as a former colony of Denmark. The standards were adopted to assist in this process by increasing Greenlandic students’ linguistic abilities, strengthening native culture and identity, and improving Greenland’s labor market.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 09/2012; 25(6):819-836.
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    ABSTRACT: The take-up of digital technology by young people is a well-known phenomenon and has been subject to socio-cultural analysis in areas such as youth studies and cultural studies. The Teenage Expertise Network (TEN) research project investigates how teenagers develop technological expertise in techno-cultural contexts via the use of a purposefully designed, youth-friendly, online environment – significant in this current age of Internet-mediated learning and rapid technological development. The design of TEN follows principles of ethnographic research adapted to an online environment. This article discusses the design, objectives and outworkings of this new media object, highlighting the tensions associated with conducting online research. This article considers why and how we should reengineer online methodologies and the complexities associated therein. It discusses the classification of this method considering the literature surrounding online data collection methods and virtual ethnography.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 09/2012; 25(6):723-739.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reflects upon the methodology and methods of a qualitative study that examined the lived educational experiences of four African-American women labeled with disabilities and from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This paper offers discussion as to the usefulness of alternate methods of representing data, specifically poetry and narrative, as a means of circumventing dilemmas associated with intersectional research and promoting more equitable research processes for individuals that have been historically marginalized by traditional research methods. How qualitative inquiry may enhance and bring about new insights into the lived experiences of individuals located at marginalized and intersecting discourses is explored.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 09/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: In a study of ‘disadvantaged’ Australian rural women on access scholarships at an elite metropolitan university, I explored the complex amalgam of agency, imagination and personal experience at the nexus of higher education mobility. Alongside the 200 digital photographs the participants took to explain their mobility away from ‘home’ and the transcripted interviews over four years about the photographs, I felt that a new approach to visual data was needed in order to ‘see’ their stories. Experimenting with the two texts of my own research, one of words – the transcript – and one without words – the photographs, I began to juxtapose photographs I was using for analysis with the transcripts that went with it. First motivated by Gee’s insistence that language has poetic features coupled with inspiration from St. Pierre’s model of writing as a way of analysis, I began placing transcripted words into poetic stanzas, noting changes of tone and repetition of certain words and phrases as I heard them on the tape. Working with the two forms of data as interdependent, an evocative and powerful form of data presentation emerged, an interpretive form of representation I call ‘interpretive visual texts’.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 08/2012; 25(5):665-679.
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    ABSTRACT: Personal narratives can be powerful venues for understanding human experiences. In this paper, we tell the story of Lutanyani, a Black South African multilingual teacher and author of supplemental reading materials in a marginalized South African language. Through various word images, we convey the role of language, in particular written language, in Lutanyani’s life. For Lutanyani, writing serves as ‘a healing process’ in two ways: (1) as a linguistically empowering venue that affirms and shifts his linguistic identity from outsider to insider, and (2) as a backward‐ and forward‐looking means to reconcile his past and reconstruct a message of hope for intermediate‐grade students throughout South Africa. This study has implications for classroom practices in the USA as well as development work in international settings.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 08/2012; 25(5):681-704.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper is a report on the theoretical origins of a decolonizing research sensibility called Indigenous Métissage. This research praxis emerged parallel to personal and ongoing inquiries into historic and current relations connecting Aboriginal peoples and Canadians in the place now called Canada. I frame the colonial frontier origins of these relations – and the logics that tend to inform them – as conceptual problems that require rethinking on more ethically relational terms. Although a postcolonial cultural theory called métissage offers helpful insights towards this challenge, I argue that the postcolonial emphasis on hybridity fails to acknowledge Indigenous subjectivity in ethical ways. Instead, I present an indigenized form of métissage focused on rereading and reframing Aboriginal and Canadian relations and informed by Indigenous notions of place. Doing Indigenous Métissage requires hermeneutic imagination directed towards the telling of a story that belies colonial frontier logics and fosters decolonizing.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 08/2012; 25(5):533-555.
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    ABSTRACT: Racial microaggressions are brief, everyday interactions that send denigrating messages to people of color because they belong to a racially minoritised group. Compared to more overt forms of racism, racial microaggressions are subtle and insidious, often leaving the victim confused, distressed and frustrated and the perpetrator oblivious of the offense they have caused. Drawing on the counter‐narrative aspect of critical race theory that stresses the importance of understanding the role of race in the world through the experiences of people of color, I demonstrate the subtle but powerful ways in which racial microaggressions can manifest within a fictional academic setting and the consequences for those involved. It is argued that while engagement with overt forms of racism, notably through the recording of racist incidents, remains crucial towards the fight for race equality, this has tended within both education and wider British society to obfuscate understanding of these more nuanced, everyday forms of racism with which those of color must contend.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 08/2012; 25(5):517-532.
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    ABSTRACT: This article explores the ways in which neoliberal discourses of individual freedom and choice come to typify Mexican migrants’ talk about what it means to be living in the USA and about themselves as learners of English. Interviews with migrants about the English language program Inglés Sin Barreras [English without Barriers] provide the context for these discursive displays. Inglés Sin Barreras is advertized repeatedly throughout the day on Spanish language TV, and it is an English language program that comprises 12 books, workbooks, CDs, and DVDs. Inglés Sin Barreras acts as a storehouse for ideas about personal freedom, citizenship, and the importance of English in belonging to the USA as a nation.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 06/2012; 25(4):453-470.
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    ABSTRACT: In response to neoliberal policies that have been in place since 1985, Bolivian young people have increasingly used hip hop music as a means of protest and to reclaim social and political participation. Hip hop in Latin America tells the story of the struggles that marginalized people have suffered, and speaks to the effects of international policies fueled by globalization. This paper focuses on what the Bolivian hip hopper Nina Uma calls “Hip hop revolution”: a hip hop that critiques and interrogates the social, political, and economic structure, the differences between the haves and the have nots, and proposes using hip hop to spread “education as cultural action of freedom”. This article examines the ways young people of El Alto, Bolivia are making sense of their social, political, and economic context.
    International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 06/2012; 25(4):397-415.
  • International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 06/2012; 25(4):509-513.