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ERIC Number: EJ1077216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-3446
Seeking Wholeheartedness in Education: Power, Hegemony, and Transformation
Duenkel, Nicky; Pratt, Judy; Sullivan, Julie
Journal of Transformative Education, v12 n3 p266-291 Jul 2014
This article describes a Cooperative Inquiry (CI) undertaken by seven transformative educators who set out to explore how they could better walk with the authority inherent in their professional roles so as to avoid unconsciously replicating unhealthy power dynamics. Their process revealed the insidious and cyclical nature of hegemony, enabling co-inquirers to uncover deeply ingrained patterns vis-a-vis power. Action/reflection cycles highlighted the role of self-policing, vulnerability, hegemonic traps, interruption practices, and the significance of wholeheartedness. Furthermore, the CI process itself was found to be empowering, as presentational knowledge and collective meaning-making supported the dismantling of isolation and shame that often accompanied and perpetuated feelings of disempowerment. Co-inquirers more effectively identified when and how cultural constructs affected them, thereby claiming greater agency in both personal and professional lives. The need for ongoing individual and collaborative reflexivity to reinforce and affirm positive, wholesome power dynamics was also shown.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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