Neither of the air, nor of the earth but a creature somewhere between: the researcher as traveller between worlds

Jones, Janice K. (2014) Neither of the air, nor of the earth but a creature somewhere between: the researcher as traveller between worlds. In: Mainstreams, margins and the spaces in-between: new possibilities for education research. Routledge Research in Education. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 81-93. ISBN 978-1-138-02138-9

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In this story of places, spaces and power I adopt the persona of the bat as storyteller, bringing together narratives of my experience as an educator of pre-service teachers, and from my three years’ participatory research within a Reggio-informed and community-managed primary school. The bat’s story becomes a fable for neo-liberal times as the forced closure of the alternative school and university restructures reflect increasing government controls of educational systems in Australia and globally. In and between these seemingly contradictory epistemologies and ontologies I re-interpret the bat’s hybridity and experience of darkness as a disruptive and generative third space for re-thinking education.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 02:06
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2018 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative education, teacher identity, researcher identity, research, boundaries, borders, unschooling, home schooling, third space, border theory, Aesop’s fables, narrative research, participatory research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4324/9781315777818

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