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ERIC Number: EJ1060645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-25
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
Researcher-Portraitists: An Exploration of Aesthetics and Research Quality
Muccio, Leah Schoenberg; Reybold, L. Earle; Kidd, Julie
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v16 n1 Jan 2015
In this article, we critique the use of portraiture as a qualitative research method, emphasizing the relationship between the fundamental aspects of portraiture and the recurring themes of research quality associated with alternative qualitative inquiry. To accomplish this goal, we conducted a study of culturally responsive practices of three first-year teachers and analyzed the data using both constant comparison and portraiture techniques. In addition to constructing poetic portraits of the teachers, we examined the intersection of aesthetics and quality research, especially in relation to researcher identity. The study--and subsequent critique of portraiture-- challenges critics who question the value and goodness of the method, the same constructs emphasized by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot in her 2005 exposition of portraiture as a social science method. Further, we critique our own methodological comfort zones, thus rejecting the either/or mentality of methodological fundamentalism exhibited both outside and within the field of qualitative research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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