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Brion-Meisels, Gretchen; Alter, Zanny – Harvard Educational Review, 2018
Youth participatory action research (YPAR) is a form of critical participatory action research that provides young people with opportunities to identify injustices in their current social realities, to gather and analyze data about these phenomena, and to determine actions that will begin to rectify their negative outcomes. A growing body of…
Descriptors: Youth, Participatory Research, Action Research, Adolescents
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Staley, Sarah – Harvard Educational Review, 2018
In this article, Sara Staley presents a conceptualization of "stuck" places in the field of gender and sexual diversity educational research. She argues that in the process of pursuing complex questions about preparing educators to disrupt the cis-heteronormative context of schools, the field has created a master narrative in which the…
Descriptors: Social Attitudes, Social Bias, Teacher Role, Student Diversity
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Vakil, Sepehr – Harvard Educational Review, 2018
In this essay, Sepehr Vakil argues that a more serious engagement with critical traditions in education research is necessary to achieve a justice-centered approach to equity in computer science (CS) education. With CS rapidly emerging as a distinct feature of K-12 public education in the United States, calls to expand CS education are often…
Descriptors: Ethics, Self Concept, Access to Education, Role
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Taylor, Ashley – Harvard Educational Review, 2018
Intellectual disability may appear to many as a barrier to participation in or the production of educational research. Indeed, a common perception of individuals seen as having cognitive impairments, and especially those with minimal or no verbal communication, is that they are incapable of the reasoning or lack the deliberative capacities…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Educational Research, Misconceptions, Epistemology
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Thomas, Gary – Harvard Educational Review, 2016
The past few years have seen a resurgence of faith in experimentation in education inquiry, and particularly in randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Proponents of such research have succeeded in bringing into common parlance the term "gold standard," which suggests that research emerging from any other design frame fails to achieve the…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Research Methodology, Educational Research, Best Practices
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Dumas, Michael J.; Nelson, Joseph Derrick – Harvard Educational Review, 2016
Drawing on critical childhood studies, Michael J. Dumas and Joseph Derrick Nelson argue that Black boyhood is socially unimagined and unimaginable, largely due to the devalued position and limited consideration of Black girls and boys within the broader social conception of childhood. In addition, the "crisis" focus of the public…
Descriptors: African Americans, Adolescents, Males, Educational Research
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Warren, Mark R.; Park, Soojin Oh; Tieken, Mara Casey – Harvard Educational Review, 2016
In this article, Mark R. Warren, Soojin Oh Park, and Mara Casey Tieken explore the training and development of community-engaged scholars in doctoral programs in education. Community-engaged scholars working in the field of education collaborate with families, teachers, and communities to support their efforts to address educational inequities,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Doctoral Programs, Social Justice, School Community Programs
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Halverson, Erica Rosenfeld; Sheridan, Kimberly M. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this essay, Erica Halverson and Kimberly Sheridan provide the context for research on the maker movement as they consider the emerging role of making in education. The authors describe the theoretical roots of the movement and draw connections to related research on formal and informal education. They present points of tension between making…
Descriptors: Design, Design Crafts, Educational Research, Essays
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Gaztambide-Fernandez, Ruben A. – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this essay Ruben A. Gaztambide-Fernandez uses a discursive approach to argue that mainstream arts in education scholarship and advocacy construes "the arts" as a definable naturalistic phenomenon that exists in the world and is available to be observed and measured. In the course of his analysis, he examines how this construction is…
Descriptors: Art Education, Advocacy, Rhetoric, Creativity
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Weis, Lois; Fine, Michelle – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, Lois Weis and Michelle Fine introduce critical bifocality as a way to render visible the relations between groups to structures of power, to social policies, to history, and to large sociopolitical formations. In this collaboration, the authors draw upon ethnographic examples highlighting the macro-level structural dynamics…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Global Approach, Teacher Attitudes, Ethnography
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Thomas, Gary – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this essay, Gary Thomas argues that education research repeatedly makes a mistake first noted by Dewey: it misunderstands our science. This misunderstanding has led to attempts to import various putatively scientific precepts into education inquiry. But in reality, he argues, those "scientific" precepts do not characterize scientific endeavor,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Scientific Methodology, Generalization, Inquiry