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ERIC Number: EJ939324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Total Eclipse of the Heart? Theoretical and Ethical Implications of Doing Post-Structural Ethnographic Research
Vaughan, Karen
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v25 n3 p389-403 2004
This paper explores some of the more disturbing aspects of research on what was, at the time, the only state-funded alternative secondary school in New Zealand. Throughout the five years of research, New Zealand's school inspectorate, the Education Review Office, publicly released a series of highly critical reports on the school which resulted in it being closed down. The paper discusses some of the theoretical, political, and ethical implications of doing a "post-structural ethnography" under these circumstances. It raises questions about the methodological tension between an ethnographic approach, which identifies the site of struggles as the school and government educational authorities, and a post-structural approach, which re-orientates the site of struggles towards the narratives of the school and educational authorities themselves, seeking to disrupt them. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand