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Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education: Methodological Innovations, Implications, and Interventions: AEHE, Volume 37, Number 6

ISBN: 978-1-118-38531-9
144 pages
March 2012, Jossey-Bass
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Join the dialogue on the future of qualitative inquiry for equity in higher education.

Beginning with the premise that equity is of paramount concern in the study of higher education, this text explores the promise and pitfalls of qualitative inquiry with respect to addressing issues of in/equity and fostering social change at micro, meso, and macro levels. Building upon contemporary qualitative higher education scholarship, the authors advance a critique of the reductive and generic conceptions of qualitative research that dominate the field and call upon scholars to examine the transformative potential embedded within critical qualitative inquiry.

In addition to exploring the opportunities and tensions associated with engaging in critical qualitative inquiry, this monograph issues a call to action through intervention, describing strategies for challenging and resisting oppressive research norms that undermine the equity aims of higher education research.

This is Volume 37 Issue 6 of the Jossey-Bass publication ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph in the series is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary vii

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education 1

On Equity 6

On Dangers 11

Responding to Dangers 12

Outline of the Monograph 13

Challenge to the Reader 15

Confronting Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education 17

Brief Notes on Qualitative Research in Higher Education Scholarship 19

Beyond Method: Matters of Ontology, Epistemology, Axiology, and Methodology 21

Paradigms and Worldviews 24

The Promise and Hope of Critical Qualitative Inquiry 27

Innovation as Research Revolutions 29

Concluding Thoughts 45

Critical Concerns for Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education 47

Critical Qualitative Higher Education Research in the Era of Methodological Conservatism 49

What Is at Stake in the Era of Methodological Conservatism? 61

Opportunities for Resisting Methodological Conservatism: A Call to Action 75

Reflexivity as Intervention 76

Institutional and Organizational Intervention 79

Intervention Through the Socialization of New Educational Researchers 81

Intervention Through Working and Speaking with Multiple Educational Research Constituencies 85

Conclusion 88

Notes 91

References 93

Name Index 109

Subject Index 114

About the Authors 121

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