ERIC Number: EJ719734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 43
Hope without Illusion: Telling the Story of Democratic Educational Renewal
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, v18 n1 p21-45 Jan-Feb 2005
In this article, the author reflects on his participation in a project in democratic educational renewal in an inner-city high school in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1990s. He frames the case study within a number of broader questions in democratic educational research and theory having to do with the need to construct narratives of hope without illusion. Such research narratives, he argues, are rooted in a recognition that culture is contested and thus open rather than determined. Progressive stories open up possibilities for critical reflection and strategic action at various sites, and they cross the borders between "insider" and "outsider" accounts. To develop these ideas, he draws on a number of poststructural theorists, including most notably Gramsci and Foucault. He situates the case study within the context of an analysis of the new cultural politics of: corporate-sponsored school reform, the surveillance and policing of urban youth, and the "othering" of progressives voices in urban education.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Democratic Values, School Restructuring, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Change, Public Schools, Story Telling, Democracy, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Customer Services for Taylor & Francis Group Journals, 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420 (Toll Free); Fax: 215-625-8914.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio