9780335207138

Life History Research in Educational Settings : Learning from Lives

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    9780335207138

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    0335207138

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Ivor Goodson is Professor of Education and Professional Development, University of East Anglia (UK), and the Margaret Warner Graduate School, University of Rochester (USA).

Pat Sikes is Lecturer in Education, at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface ix
Acknowledgements xiv
Introduction 1(5)
Developing life histories
6(13)
The story of life history: origins of the life history method
6(5)
Reasons for the decline of life history in early sociological study
11(3)
From modernism to postmodernism
14(5)
Techniques for doing life history
19(20)
Introduction
19(1)
Reasons for choosing research approaches and methods
20(2)
Research populations
22(3)
Negotiating access and participation
25(2)
Strategies for collecting data
27(5)
Working with life history data
32(3)
Analysis using computer programs
35(2)
Data presentation
37(1)
In conclusion
37(2)
What have you got when you've got a life story? Epistemological considerations
39(18)
Introduction
39(2)
Life history from the perspective of the life story teller
41(7)
Life history from the perspective of the life historian
48(8)
In conclusion
56(1)
Studying teacher's life histories and professional practice
57(18)
Introduction
57(1)
Our starting points
57(5)
Introducing computers into a teacher's life: issues of professional practice and development
62(8)
Raising issues
70(2)
Life history as a strategy for personal professional development
72(2)
In conclusion
74(1)
Life stories and social context: storylines and scripts
75(14)
Introduction
75(1)
A script to live and work from
75(2)
Scholarship scripts
77(9)
In conclusion
86(3)
Questions of ethics and power in life history research
89(16)
Introduction
89(2)
Research design and conduct
91(5)
The nature of the topics that life historians tend to study allied with the nature of the methodology
96(3)
Claims that life history research can be emancipatory and empowering
99(4)
Further considerations
103(2)
Confronting the dilemmas
105(8)
Introduction
105(1)
The dilemmas
106(4)
Alternative lives
110(2)
Finally
112(1)
Bibliography 113(9)
Index 122

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