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ERIC Number: EJ837344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Developing the Textual Turn: Tracking the Grammar of Research Case Records
Thomson, Pat
Educational Action Research, v13 n1 p137-160 Mar 2005
During action research projects a great deal of written material is produced. Some of this is data generated about the project, some about the process of the research and some is reflective writing about the researcher(s). In this article I propose that a deliberate focus on the tracking of texts might be helpful in action research, particularly if the inquiry is working within significant constraints. Working with a range of documents and informed by the work of Dorothy Smith on the texting of ruling relations, I show how a multiagency project based in one school slipped away from its original community development goals into a more "professional service" model. I also show how the project was able to resist partially the requirement by the funding body to use a rational strategic planning model through the production of taped conversations and meta-analytic papers. Although this is a single case, I contend that this example points to the potential utility of an explicit focus on the textual practices of action research. (Contains 1 table, 5 figures and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia