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ERIC Number: EJ939066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 104
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
Constructing Difference Differently in Language and Literacy Professional Development
Crumpler, Thomas P.; Handsfield, Lara J.; Dean, Tami R.
Research in the Teaching of English, v46 n1 p55-91 Aug 2011
In this study we take up challenges regarding researcher positionality, representation, and the construction of difference as a launching point to reflexively analyze our own practices within a research project exploring multilingualism, multiliteracies, and teacher development. Our data were drawn from a teacher study group we facilitated during the first phase of a two-year study. We draw on poststructuralist understandings of discourse, power, and performativity and use elements of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to conduct a close thematic reading of two moments of discomfort in one study group meeting, and we critique our own complicity in the discursive production of difference. Further, we engage tools of process drama to theorize how we might have structured and responded to interactions differently during one of these same moments in order to address these challenges more successfully. We conclude by arguing for approaches and interpretive tools for researchers that could help to reimagine as well as respond both ethically and analytically to issues of representation in language and literacy research. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A