Postpositivist research in education : theorising social structure in critical and institutional ethnography

O'Brien, Peter (1993) Postpositivist research in education : theorising social structure in critical and institutional ethnography. In Bella, Maureen, Knight, John, & McCollow, John (Eds.) Higher Education in Transition : Working Papers of the Higher Education Policy Project. University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 169-181.


This chapter charts the theories and methods being adopted in an investigation of the 'micro-politics' of teacher education policy reception at a site of higher education in Queensland from 1980 to 1990. The paper combines insights and methods from critical ethnography with those from the institutional ethnography of feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith to link local policy activity at the institutional site to broader social structures and processes. In this way, enquiry begins with--and takes into account--the experiences of those groups normally excluded from mainstream and even critical policy analysis.

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ID Code: 53319
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Teacher Education Policy, Postpositivist Research, Critical Ethnography, Institutional Ethnography
ISBN: 0867765372
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1993 The Author
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2012 23:16
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 21:03

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