ERIC Number: ED419215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Hearing Voices of Difference: Stories of Erasure and Heretical Research Methods.
Norum, Karen E.
The majority of educational systemic change efforts are driven by the experts in the field, leaving the general public disenfranchised. An analysis of stories of those excluded from educational innovation is presented. It is suggested that if "stories" shape social reality as much as by what they exclude as what they include, then the stories from stakeholders (i.e. parents, students, and community members) tend to be excluded when it comes to reports on educational systemic change efforts. Yet these people still talk about the public education system and have their own discourse. When these stakeholders are turned away and their stories are excluded, this erasure makes people unable to "see themselves as a speaking subject worthy of voice." Three interviews are explored here in depth: a female, childless taxpayer, a mother of three, and a woman who was forced out of high school because of pregnancy. It is claimed that making public the stories of the complex network of people who contribute to the educational system make it possible to bridge the different existing community discourses. The paper recommends exploring "heretical" research methods that allow the expression of the "voices of difference." (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).