ERIC Number: ED398549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
"The Changer and the Changed": Student-Initiated Research on Literacy Motivation and Schooling. Reading Research Report No. 61.
Oldfather, Penny; Thomas, Sally
Through a Bakhtinian lens highlighting the "interanimation of voices," this paper describes the research roles of a group of high school students in Southern California who participated as co-researchers and then as members of a participatory research team in a longitudinal study. Students' developing roles as question posers, methodologists, interviewers and data analyzers, presenters and writers, theory builders, and change agents are documented as they collaborated in inquiry in their high schools with teachers and with two university researchers. As these students examined their own motivations for literacy learning, they claimed personal learning agendas, gained increased voice in their schooling, and contributed to scholarly knowledge. Underlying the processes of the research have been realignment of relationships and epistemological shifts that have the potential for transforming schooling. (Contains 28 references. An appendix lists presentations by student co-researchers. Exhibits present a research status report, an e-mail sample, a sample interview, a newspaper article, and a co-researcher's note on a research team meeting agenda.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Reading Research Center, Athens, GA.; National Reading Research Center, College Park, MD.
Identifiers - Location: California