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Multidisciplinary Approaches to Educational Research

Book Description

This book provides an original perspective on a range of controversial issues in educational and social research through case studies of multi-disciplinary and mixed-method research involving children, teachers, schools and communities in Europe and the developing world. These case studies from researchers "across continents" and "across disciplines" explore a range of interesting issues, including the relevance of research approaches to very different national settings, and to the kinds of questions being asked; the barriers of language and culture between researcher and researched; articulating the thinking and feelings of very young children; the challenges of dealing with "partiality" of data; issues of identity, subjectivity and reflexivity; and transferring research approaches from one national setting to the problems posed in another.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. List of Figures
  8. List of Tables
  9. Foreword
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Introduction: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Educational Research: Case Studies from Europe and the Developing World
  12. PART I. Research with Early Years and Primary School Children
    1. 1. Photography, School Spaces and School Lives: Using Visual Methods in Schools to Map the Geographies of Children and Youth
    2. 2. Reflections on Research with Children in Pakistan in a Mixed-Methods Study
    3. 3. “How Do You Write What We’re Talking About in Our Minds?”: Researching and Interpreting the Sense Young British Bangladeshi Children Make of Their Literacy Learning
    4. 4. Drawing as a Methodological Tool for Exploring Children’s Understanding About Right and Wrong at School: Experiences and Perspectives from a Pakistani Context
  13. PART II. Research with Children and Young People in Secondary Schools
    1. 5. Exploring the Experiences of South-Asian Adolescent Girls: How Well Do Semi-Structured Interviews ‘Unveil’ Complex Lives?
    2. 6. Collecting Primary-Level Quantitative Data: Experience from a Public and Private School Survey in Pakistan
    3. 7. “We Want to Understand Their ‘Virtual’ World Better, So We Can Make Them Happy”: Pakistani Children Use Participatory Action Research to Explore Their Disabled Siblings’ Support Needs
  14. PART III. Research with Teachers, Schools and Communities
    1. 8. Teachers as Participants in Classroom Reform: Promise and Perils of Action Research
    2. 9. A Focus on Interviewing: Constructing Identities of Male and Female Teachers
    3. 10. Studying Best Practices in Community Managed Education Programs in Pakistan
  15. Epilogue: Bridging Research Paradigms, Disciplines and Cultures
  16. Index