Rethinking Deficit Discourses in Education Through Rural Education Research and the Concept of Querencia

Gouwens, Judith A. and Henderson, Robyn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7906-766X (2021) Rethinking Deficit Discourses in Education Through Rural Education Research and the Concept of Querencia. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 31 (3). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1036-0026


Abstract

This paper uses data from research projects that deliberately set out to tell positive stories about educators who were working with the children and families of migratory agricultural workers in the US. The aim underpinning these projects was to move beyond the deficit discourses and stories of blame that so often circulate, particularly in relation to social groups that are marginalised, and to present stories that embody positive and productive ways of thinking and working. Using Maxwell’s (2012) process of connecting, the authors used the transcripts of semi- structured interviews to construct narratives about three of the educators who were interviewed. These examples from rural education research highlighted the actions of educators to build and promote children’s and families’ relationships with the place where they were residing temporarily. The notion of querencia provided a helpful way of conceptualising the relationship between place and belonging, to assist the development of insider understandings. The narrative approach offers a way of opening such discussions in education more broadly and to consider the role of teachers in ensuring that negatively framed stories, such as deficit discourses, are not in play.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 03:27
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2022 02:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: deficit discourses, migrant education, mobility, narrative, querencia, rural education research
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390412 Teacher and student wellbeing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160299 Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45446

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