ERIC Number: EJ1137492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Neo-Positivist Intrusions, Post-Qualitative Challenges, and PAR's Generative Indeterminacies
Miller, Janet L.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v30 n5 p488-503 2017
Although committed to PAR's overarching aspirations, many advocates also have noted myriad complexities of engaging in PAR, where ambiguities and disarrays--all kinds of inconclusive evidence--can proliferate. Uncertainties especially can erupt if PAR education-focused projects are positioned, oxymoronically, as expected to produce "high performing" PAR researchers whose "successful action outcomes" are determined via audit-culture versions of accountability. I here examine ways that market-logic distortions threaten to foreclose generative potentials of education-focused PAR projects. In so doing, I also point to various post-foundational perspectives that acknowledge the unknowable, the ineffable, as entangled with and in all human and non-human entities and endeavors. I specifically attend to potentials generated by de-centerings of foundational assumptions that permeate particular iterations of conventional qualitative research, including some PAR education-focused projects. I thus further consider current post-foundational perspectives, including those comprising affect theories as well as the "new materialisms and empiricisms," that posit indeterminacies as always becoming productive aspects of inquiring, teaching, and learning.
Descriptors: Action Research, Participatory Research, Accountability, Research Methodology, Inquiry, Neoliberalism, Audits (Verification), Qualitative Research
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