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Feminist Empirical Research

Feminist Empirical Research

Emerging Perspectives on Qualitative and Teacher Research

By Sharon J McGee, Edited by Joanne Addison

Despite the rise of feminist empirical research, there has been little discussion in composition studies of what it means to do this research and few guidelines for conducting it. What's needed is a forum in which novices as well as experienced feminist teachers, researchers, and theorists can meet in ways that value and inform each others' work as well as provide guidance for others.

Feminist Empirical Research is designed to introduce those who are interested in feminism, or already attempting to conduct empirical research in feminist ways, to theoretical and methodological discussions as well...

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Despite the rise of feminist empirical research, there has been little discussion in composition studies of what it means to do this research and few guidelines for conducting it. What's needed is a forum in which novices as well as experienced feminist teachers, researchers, and theorists can meet in ways that value and inform each others' work as well as provide guidance for others.

Feminist Empirical Research is designed to introduce those who are interested in feminism, or already attempting to conduct empirical research in feminist ways, to theoretical and methodological discussions as well as practical strategies that can help not only feminist empirical researchers, but empirical researchers in general. Some of the contributors engage in research and reflect upon it by questioning its effects on their classrooms, pedagogies, and, most important, themselves and their students. Others reflect critically on writing research conducted outside of classroom settings in the same spirit. As a whole, the collection reflects a multiplicity of voices and experiences—not in an attempt to replace one dogma with another, but to position this work as a starting point for further reflective practices and, ultimately, continuing discussions.

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Contents:
I. Reflecting on Experience and Constructing the Issues 1.
Which Me Is the Me that Got the Ph.D.? Reflections on a Graduate Research Project, S. Latta 2. Discerning Domesticities: Constructing Critical Narrative in Composition, C. Forbes 3. My World Is Made Up of Stories: Reflections of a Feminist Teacher-Researcher, V. Holmsten 4. Teacher Action Theory: Teacher Research and Feminist Critical Theory as Partners in Liberatory Writing Pedagogy, K. Parvin II. Studies in Feminist Empirical Research 5. Power and Gendered Discourses: Girls Learning School Writing, J. Hunter 6. Beginning Adult Women Students as College Writers: A Study in the Difficulties of Dialogue, M. Lindgren 7. The Hard Work of Remembering: Memory Work as Narrative Research, M. Ewing et al. 8. Feminine Discourse in the University: The Writing Center Conference as a Site of Linguistic Resistance, J. Bean III. Comment and Response 9. On Feminist Research: What Do Women Want (Now)?, or A Query Regarding Con/Textual Relationships, K. Yancey 10. Reflecting on Collaboration in Feminist Empirical Research: Some Cautions, G. Kirsch 11. Teacher Research As Knowledge Making: Dogma and Resistance, R. Yagelski Appendix: Selected Annotated Bibliography of Feminist Research