ABSTRACT

This book explores the complexities of investigating minorities, majorities, boundaries and borders, and the experiences of researchers who choose to work in these spaces. It engages with issues of ethics, disclosure and representation, and contends with and seeks to contribute to emerging debates around power and the positioning of researchers and participants. Chapters examine epistemologies that shape researchers’ beliefs about the forms of research that are valued in educational research and theory, and consider the importance of research that genuinely seeks to explore voice, culture, story, authenticity and identity.

Resisting the backdrop of standardisation, performativity and accountability agendas pervading governments and organisations, the book attends to the stories of real people, to understand regional and rural landscapes, to examine culture and the human condition and to give voice to those at the fringes of society who remain largely neglected and unheard. Drawing largely on studies from Australia, the book provides an overview of the many types of research being engaged in, revealing the value of different kinds of research, and gaining insight into how meaning and findings are disseminated in research and educational sectors and back into the contexts where research takes place.

Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-between will be of key interest to early career researchers and academics internationally, as well as postgraduate students completing research methods courses in the field of education, and the wider social sciences.

chapter 1|12 pages

Researching in-betweens: Blurring the boundaries of mainstream and marginal education research

BySTEWART RIDDLE, ALISON L. BLACK, KAREN TRIMMER

chapter 4|16 pages

Mainstreaming margins: Analysing the knowledge of an Australian university research team

ByKARL J . MATTHEWS AND P. A. DANAHER

chapter 5|15 pages

Where the wild things are: Sustaining practice in the loneliest place

ByJULIE A. HOLLITT

chapter 9|25 pages

Reducing the marginalisation of children: Relational knowledge production and the power of collaboration

ByALISON L. BLACK, GILLIAN BUSCH, MARION HAYES

chapter 12|14 pages

Maths challenges for pre-service teachers

ByNICHOLAS FLEGG, KAREN TRIMMER

chapter 14|14 pages

On the fringe of research: The case of community policing

ByCELESTE LAWSON

chapter 16|14 pages

A journey in-between: Using Talanoa in research reporting

BySUSAN FAOAGALI, EILEEN HONAN

chapter 17|18 pages

A story of poetry and its provocative place in re-presentation

BySARAH LOCH

chapter 18|9 pages

Reflective questions

ByKAREN TRIMMER, ALISON L. BLACK, STEWART RIDDLE