From another(´s) point of view : narrative approaches in special educational research

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title From another(´s) point of view : narrative approaches in special educational research
Author(s) Lang, Lena ; Lansheim, Birgitta ; Ohlsson, Lisbeth
Date 2012
English abstract
In the current debate about evidence based education comparisons between countries are in focus. Learning and teaching are influenced by a control oriented paradigm at a far distance from the persons concerned, e.g. pupils, students and teachers. In education other perspectives are called for in order to catch the complexity of educational processes. Nomothetic information about learners needs to be complemented by ideographic information. The aim of the article is to argue for some alternative ways of knowledge contribution based on the voices of the individual in special educational settings in relation to the rights to education for all. Narrative approaches have a methodological potential of openness and participation where the researcher is engaged in a dialectic interaction between two subjects. Making room for the voice of the Other and finding a view different from one’s own is suggested as a powerful knowledge contribution in educational research which only can be provided by the persons concerned. One conclusion is that the narrative approaches advocated for here have a potential that is seldom given justice in the present era of documentation and measuring.
Link http://www.kosmit.uowm.gr/site/node/406 (external link to publication)
Publisher University of Western Macedonia, Faculty of Education
Host/Issue MENON : Journal of Educational Research;1
Volume 1
ISSN 1792-8494
Pages 78-86
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) evidence based education
narrative approaches
nomothetic and ideographic information
special educational research
the voice of the Other
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16848 (link to this page)

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