Theory and Educational Research: Toward Critical Social Explanation by Jean AnyonTheory and Educational Research: Toward Critical Social Explanation by Jean Anyon

Theory and Educational Research: Toward Critical Social Explanation

byJean AnyonEditorJean Anyon

Paperback | July 7, 2008

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Most empirical researchers avoid the use of theory in their studies, providing data but little or no social explanation. Theoreticians, on the other hand, rarely test their ideas with empirical projects. As this groundbreaking volume makes clear, however, neither data nor theory alone is adequate to the task of social explanation¿rather they form and inform each other as the inquiry process unfolds.Theory and Educational Researchbridges the age-old theory/research divide by demonstrating how researchers can use critical social theory to determine appropriate empirical research strategies, and extend the analytical, critical ¿ and sometimes emancipatory ¿ power of data gathering and interpretation.

Each chapter models a theoretically informed empiricism that places the data research yields in constant conversation with theoretical arsenals of powerful concepts. Personal reflections following each chapter chronicle the contributors¿ trajectories of struggle and triumph utilizing theory and its powers in research. In the end this rich collection teaches education scholars how to deliberately engage with critical social theory in research to produce work that is simultaneously theoretically inspired, politically engaged, and empirically evocative.

Jean Anyonis Professor of Social and Educational Policy in the Urban Education Doctoral Program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Title:Theory and Educational Research: Toward Critical Social ExplanationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:July 7, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Critical Social Theory, Educational Research, and Intellectual Agency,Jean Anyon

Part I ¿ Theory and Explanatory Analysis

1. Critical Social Theory and the Study of Urban School Discipline: The Culture of Control in a Bronx High School,Kathleen Nolan

Personal Reflection

2. Theorizing Student Poetry as Resistance to School-based Surveillance: Not Any Theory Will Do,Jen Weiss

Personal Reflection

3. Theorizing Redistribution and Recognition in Urban Educational Research: ¿How Do We Get Dictionaries at Cleveland?¿Michael J. Dumas

Personal Reflection

Part II ¿ Theorizing with Research Participants

4. Theorizing Back: An Approach to Participatory Policy Analysis,Eve Tuck

Personal Reflection

5. Low-income Latina Parents, School Choice, and Pierre Bourdieu,Madeline Perez

Personal Reflection

6. Queer Theory and Teen Sexuality: Unclear Lines,Darla Linville

Personal Reflection

Epilogue,Michelle Fine

Editorial Reviews

"This volume scrubs the mystique off social theories, making them accessible and even agreeable to a much wider audience, thus opening up immeasurable opportunities for future creative application. As instructor and students, we could not recommend this book more highly."-- International Journal of Qualititative Studies in Education 2009 "This has been a valuable book for me, and I recommend it to anyone considering using social theory in their research, particularly doctoral students."--Joseph A. Maxwell, Education Review, January 2010