Re: [xmca] FW: request for proposals-please post

From: ignacio dalton (
Date: Tue Jan 30 2007 - 14:41:27 PST

hi peter, i will be working during this year related to my Ed. M. thesis related to literacy-play interface among preschoolers. May i be included or what? Yours, Ignacio Dalton ----- Original Message ---- From: Peter Smagorinsky <> To: mca <>; langandlit <>; Alecia Jackson <>; Amy Sanford <>; Cori Jakubiak <> Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:24:56 PM Subject: [xmca] FW: request for proposals-please post -----Original Message----- From: dtj2 [mailto:Don.Jacobs@NAU.EDU] Re: Seeking contributors for the book, The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Research and Representation, under contract with Routledge (London) Date: February, 2007 Dear Interested Potential Contributors, For those of you who have already indicated an interest in and for those just now learning about our book project, this missive attempts to clarify better what we are seeking. Since we intend for this book itself to represent an alternative approach, we preface our guidelines with the disclaimer that we are not yet sure what form this project will ultimately take. Also, please note that any decision on our part to ultimately not use your idea, no matter how wonderful your proposal may be, will have been one that served the needs and limitations of our final product. At this point, we are asking for proposals from authors of a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation that meets any or all of the following: • It employed research methodologies that contrast with traditional ones. • It represented or presented the final produce in a way that contrasts with the usual formats used for thesis and dissertations. AND as a result of these alternative ways of research, knowing and representation of knowledge, • It has made or is making or has the potential to make a unique contribution to both the particular field of study and to the goals of social justice, peace, diversity and/or ecological sustainability. We may also be interested in stories about how a dissertation that did not finally meet these criterion MIGHT have if the author would have been allowed to pursue considered options that were not allowed by the system or the committee, etc. In such cases the contributor would be called upon to describe both the process and the possibilities as relates to the above criteria. FORMAT for finished chapters In an effort to convey a bridge into the unknown possibilities for this book, we offer a basic structure for the final chapter form. However, we are open to and encourage presentations that are themselves as “out of the box” as a book chapter might be. This might refer to using poetry, art or some other reproducible and meaningful expression. (Our intent is also to include a web blog system that will allow a living and growing continuation of the chapter’s ideas to occur in the world as well.) The structure we anticipate using is for each contributor to describe: 1. The personal journey toward deciding upon the topic and the research approach (and how this related to being within a traditional system.) 2. The process of doing the work of the “research” itself. 3. The representation of new knowledge that fits the aforementioned criteria or, if convincing, merely produced new knowledge that reflect the positive potential of diverse perspectives. 4. How the journey affected your own life (as well as the larger world). Book/Chapter Synopsis (From original proposal but it may change) The book will be about 17 chapters; 300 pages, with no tables or illustrations. I can have it completed within 14 -20 months after signing the contract. Chapters: The introduction describes the purpose and philosophical underpinnings for this book. Chapter one will offer a compact literature review to lend credence to the importance of the examples, suggestions and guidelines that following in subsequent chapters. (See notes that follow for examples of existing literature.) Chapter two through seven will describe dissertations and dissertation research "methods" that rely upon the different ways of knowing, including: Gardner's "multiple intelligences," knowing through art; knowing through wilderness; knowing through ritual; knowing through silence; received knowing, subjective knowing, procedural knowing, constructed knowing (see also Goldberger, Tarule, Clinchy and Belenky, (1996) Knowledge, Difference and Power; Reconfiguring Teaching and Knowing in the College Classroom (p. 25-57), Basic Books) Chapters seven through seventeen will describe dissertations that incorporate drama and theatrics; focus on the fine arts; emphasize multi-or other cultural worldviews; use primarily poetry; make use of film or documentary work; use dance; are written in non-english languages; use autobiographical narratives; use novels, use rituals; involve the natural world; use community; relate to alternative states of consciousness. (Included in these chapters will be critical look at "grounded theory" as a research methodology. etc. Each of our chapters and dissertation models reflect the following assumptions: 1. There are forms of knowledge that are not derived from books (Goody, 1982, p. 201). 2. Students' perspectives have value and students who question the professional practices of the dominant culture will make the most vital contributions to its improvement.( Sanchez, 1997, para. 11) 3. All knowledge has a social-political context. Diversity of expression will more accurately reflect the complexities of social life" (p. 26) and, by extension, overcome the colonizing tendencies of the dominant discourse by creating new cultural paradigms of the peoples who share a common social space (Giltro 2002, 26). 4. Typical university dissertations tend to colonize Indigenous People by forcing them to master Western academic discourse conventions (Brown (2000,p. 95) 5. It is valuable to work toward "hybridization," or the co-expression of "two or more different linguistic consciousnesses, often widely separated in time and social space" (Bakhtin (1981p. 429). Hybridization leads to "métissage," the complementary co-existence of different voices in one place, where ideas make sense in dialogue with opposing ideas. (Zuss, 1997; Chambers, Donald, Hasebe-Ludt, 2002; Donald, 2003). 6. Typical university level academic writing has "symbolized the loss of languages, cultures and people groups." (Linda-Ruth Dyck) 7. History clearly indicates that imposing a foreign discourse on First Nations peoples not only has failed to empower them within the new language, but also has also destroyed their voices in their own languages. (Linda-Ruth Dyck) 8. Academic writing is best understood in light of meaningful social and political factors (Bakhtin 1981). 9. "Writing, like reading, can be about changing "who we are" and "how things are" but such a move cannot come about if we insist on repeating the same stories of what it means to "do" a writing assignment." (Kevin Shusmernaro) Thus, original voice is more important than citing previous authors. 10. Oral communication has value equal to or greater than written discourse, offering advantages relating to audience, purpose, immediacy and spontaneity. (Lakeof, 1982, p.238-240) 11. Some practice or teaching of core universal virtues, such as courage, generosity, patience, fortitude, honesty and humility, can and should be woven into dissertations (Jacobs and Jacobs-Spencer) 12. Ecological priorities are vital to academic research in all fields. (Bowers) 13. Art, music and story-telling are powerful devices for all aspects of learning, teaching and researching. (Cajeti) 14. There are many approaches for dissertations that too seldom are used to explore and express cultural wisdom, including claiming, testimonies, celebrating survival, emembering, intervening, revitalizing, connecting, negotiating, discovering, sharing, democratizing, networking, protecting and creating.(Tuhiwai Smith 2002) 15. Participatory Action Research is good because it "attempts to empower disenfranchised people by building on the strengths of all those involved, necessitating community involvement from problem definition through research design and data interpretation" (p. 212) Bellanger (2003) 16. Research methodologies that treat research as time-proven relationships are as valid as scheduled scientific investigations. Thus partnerships between community and researcher "combine to produce a history that, due to the unique blend of methods and community-based information, could not otherwise be assembled" (Bellanger 2001,p. 2). 17. Languages other than English are vital dimensions of diversity and for thinking in ways that can solve vital problems. 18. The student is the ultimate decision make, not the faculty. In addition to the above assumptions, our alternative dissertation guidelines enlist Eric Hampton's twelve standards for incorporating indigenous priorities into scholarship (Hampton, 1988, p. 19) that we have modified slightly and include: * appreciation for spiritual relationships * understanding that the goal of education is to help others * realizing the value of diversity * honoring culturally determined ways of thinking, communicating and living * measuring the value of tradition and continuity * giving respect to all of life * recognizing mutually empowering relationships between individuals and groups * remembering authentic history, including the continuing history of oppression * persisting in the commitment for social and ecological justice * recognizing the strength of Indigenous worldviews * understanding the dynamics and consequences of oppression. * considering the importance of sense of place, land and territory * working toward creative personal and social transformation as needed * considering Moran’s work regarding situated learning and inter-subjective research models will also help guide the explanations, rationale and analysis of the selected dissertation topics. Notes from Patrick Slattery’s Speech (Patrick has agreed to write the introduction for this text) The assumptions of the emerging postmodern curriculum discourses include the following: a Whiteheadian cosmology that views educational research and practice as an emerging process of understanding the complexity of the interrelationship between parts and whole with an emphasis on the contribution of the individual within a holistic framework rather than an emphasis on the transmission of isolated elements of inert information (Whitehead, 1929; Oliver and Gershman, 1989); an etymological understanding of curriculum as currere-an active verb-as proposed by Pinar and Grumet (1976); a critique of traditional curriculum models that foreground goals, objectives, scope and sequence charts, and prescriptive evaluation instruments with an emphasis on curriculum as an object or a noun; a respect for the vital significance of the null and hidden dimensions of the curriculum as proposed by diverse critical and aesthetic scholars (Eisner, 1994; Giroux, 1992); a commitment to spiritual and moral dimensions of curriculum research (Noddings, 1992; Purpel, 1989; Slattery, 1995); a phenomenological approach to research as the investigation of the lived world experience of teachers and students (Aoki, 1992; Greene, 1995); an incredulity toward metanarratives, rational enlightenment thinking, and other efforts to create unified explanations of reality (Lyotard, 1989); support for poststructural philosophies that deconstruct sedimented perceptors and linear bifurcations, both of which have contributed to the absurd dream of a complete, unique, and closed explanatory system fueled by binary oppositions (Usher and Edwards, 1994); a belief that the creation of a holistic, just, and ecologically sustainable educational culture is not only possible but essential to the survival of human life (Griffin, 1988; Kesson, 1993); a fundamental option for the poor and marginalized in schools and society as part of a larger movement toward radical democracy in an anti-racist and post-colonial world (Freire, 1985; Kincheloe, 1993; Lather, 1991; McCarthy, 1990; McLaren, 1989); a strong sense of the central role of imagination and aesthetics that leads to the conclusion that ultimately we must see ourselves and our students as works of art (Greene, 1995; Nietzsche, 1968); a sense of urgency about environmental, economic, and social issues that necessitates the inclusion of ecological sustainability, multiculturalism, and cooperative practices in the construction of research methodologies and curricular practices (Daly and Cobb, 1989); a strong belief in the prophetic dimension of teaching and learning that requires bold initiatives to address social, political, economic, spiritual, racial, and gender issues in the schooling process (Kozol, 1991, Books and Slattery, 1997); and, finally, in concert with William Pinar (Pinar, et al., 1995), the centrality of autobiography and psychoanalysis in the educational and research process where curriculum development does not make sense outside of a reflective context of curriculum understanding. I believe that postmodern philosophies-especially when interfacing with complexity theory, critical theory, poststructural psychology, phenomenological aesthetics, and proleptic eschatology-are emerging as a viable and exciting alternative form of representation in educational research that move well beyond progressive education and social reconstruction. These new forms, as I will demonstrate below, are dramatically impacting not only doctoral level research but also teacher training programs, masters level courses, and elementary and secondary classroom practices. The postmodern discourse is complex and contentious. However, as it continues to capture the imagination of a larger segment of the educational research community, postmodern theories must be investigated by all serious scholars. When some of my colleagues suggest that in order to have a well-rounded education my graduate students should complete a traditional research practicum in addition to their arts-based postmodern project, I respond by challenging them to require their students to work with me to complete an arts-based component to their statistical studies. I am being facetious, of course. However, this confounds critics who cannot accept the value of alternative forms of representation as acceptable forms of research in their own right. Critics assume that a written artifact in the prescribed style and format of the traditional practicum methodologies is the only acceptable culminating requirement for graduate students. "Today's Understanding is Tomorrow's Reality" _______________________________________________ xmca mailing list ____________________________________________________________________________________ Food fight? Enjoy some healthy debate in the Yahoo! Answers Food & Drink Q&A.
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