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ERIC Number: EJ782507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
The Dilemmas, Challenges, and Duality of an African-American Educational Historian
Alridge, Derrick P.
Educational Researcher, v32 n9 p25-34 2003
This article examines the dilemmas and challenges of objectivity, presentism, and voice and agency I have encountered as an African-American historian of education whose research focuses on the education of Black people. A perplexing problem has been how to conduct good and "respectable" research while identifying with the African-American community I am researching. Drawing on personal research experiences and the selected work of historians and education researchers, I discuss how I have dealt with these methodological queries in my research. Despite dealing with the challenges and dilemmas of objectivity, presentism, and voice and agency in my research, I argue that the "double-consciousness" I face as an African-American scholar within the academy may be transcended by using solid and innovative conceptual and methodological approaches. The article concludes with a reiteration of emergent themes for conducting good research. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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