A method of ironic research

McArdle, Felicity A. (2002) A method of ironic research. In Singh, Parlo & McWilliam, Erica (Eds.) Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld, pp. 285-300.


This paper is a report of the methodology for a research project that was a multi-vocal ethnography and a poststructuralist account of art teaching in early childhood education. It involved a staged narrative, where reflexive discussions produce a telling and re-telling of what it means to teach art 'properly', and how the 'rules' for propriety are established, shaped and maintained. Drawing on Michel Foucault's analytical work, the study examined good art teaching in early childhood as the product of intersecting discourses. To provide a re-description of the rules for 'propriety' in art pedagogy, the study located the binaries in current ways of speaking practice and then examined points where these discourses collide, contesting the boundaries, and disrupting order. The use of irony as a rhetorical device provided a means for summarising the participants' ways of speaking pedagogy: 'Teach without teaching', 'manufacture the natural', and 'train for creativity'.

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ID Code: 7408
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details : f.mcardle@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: ironic research, discourse anlaysis, multi, vocal ethnography
ISBN: 1876682272
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Post Pressed
Deposited On: 04 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 16:45

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