Not education research binaries: just parts of a whole

Abawi, Lindy (2011) Not education research binaries: just parts of a whole. In: Beyond binaries in education research. Routledge Research in Education. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, USA, pp. 131-146. ISBN 978-0-415-88512-6


Reflecting on my lived experience of making the transition from teacher to researcher brought the realization that a number of constructs that I had once taken for granted as being fundamental binaries were in fact just parts of a whole rather than positions on either end of a continuum. For example I had once considered the constructs of teacher and researcher, silence and speech, making a choice and being chosen, as being obvious examples of the binaries that exist in the world of research. This chapter explores how these binaries were found to be woven into a metaphorical maze of perceptions closely tied to the language used within a specific context. Ultimately language use revealed the lack of substance upon which past perceptions had been built. These revelations emerged from my involvement in three significant pedagogical exploration events: involvement in a school revitalization project called Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools (IDEAS); a Multiliteracies Action Research project; and, an on-going learning journey which has led to further study and to my becoming a teacher-researcher working on a Doctor of Philosophy thesis. Hermeneutic phenomenology plays an integral part within this exploration of pedagogy as it forms the methodological stance that helped reveal the insubstantial nature of the binaries and is a key player in the making a choice and being chosen scenario.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 10. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 03:57
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 01:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: binaries; education research
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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