ERIC Number: EJ1203594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role and Contribution of Academic Researchers in Congressional Hearings: A Critical Discourse Analysis
Perna, Laura W.; Orosz, Kata; Kent, Daniel C.
American Educational Research Journal, v56 n1 p111-145 Feb 2019
This study uses critical discourse analysis to explain how legislators determine the role and contributions of academic researchers in Congressional legislative hearings. The discursive practices that legislators use serve to construct the social identity of academic witnesses, characterize witnesses' qualifications, solicit information from witnesses, frame comments from witnesses, and amplify and mitigate witness testimony. The findings make visible the ways that legislators use the power of their positions to depict academic witnesses as both experts who offer independent knowledge and experts who validate or confirm a legislator's preferences and priorities. The results have implications for academics who seek to improve connections between research and policy, and academics who seek to further advance the production of knowledge of federal policymaking processes.
Descriptors: Hearings, Federal Government, Legislators, Power Structure, Educational Legislation, Higher Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Researchers, Role, Expertise, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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