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Meanings and Motivation in Education Research

1st Edition

Edited by Margaret M. Baguley, Yvonne S. Findlay, Martin C. Kerby


198 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Meanings and Motivation in Education Research demonstrates the vibrant and vital connection between the researcher and their research. Research is often perceived as an entity which is seemingly produced in isolation; however, there are many important factors which are involved, and this book explores the complexities of investigating the specific areas of meaning and motivation for researchers working in the education sector.

With contributions from authors drawn from the field of education in various stages of their career, the perspectives shared in this book are from a diverse range of countries including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Key topics include:

  • personal and professional identity
  • narrative inquiry as method
  • teacher educators as researchers
  • conducting education research
  • mixed methods in educational research

Foregrounding the personal experiences, interests and motivations of educational researchers Meanings and Motivation in Education Research proves important insights into current discussions in educational research including researchers’ identities, the ways they conduct research and most importantly the impact institutional and personal politics have on their work. This will be a valuable text for educators, education researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across the globe.


Chapter 2 (The Table Where Rich People Sit: A Turn Towards Narrative Inquiry as Method, Phenomenon, and Pedagogy) – Winner of the Outstanding Publication Award (American Education Research Association Narrative Research Special Interest Group)

Table of Contents

Part I: Personal and Professional Identity

  1. Introduction, Margaret M. Baguley, Martin C. Kerby & Yvonne S. Findlay
  2. The Table Where Rich People Sit: A turn towards narrative inquiry as method, phenomenon, and pedagogy, Lee Schaefer, Sean Lessard, Saffron Panko & Nate Polsfut
  3. Trouble(ed) At The Border – Teacher educators as researchers: a perspective from England, Viv Wilson
  4. Authoring a Life: Writing ourselves in/out of our work in education, Alison L. Black
  5. Part II: Conducting Education Research

  6. Research, Reflect and Rethinking: A Journey in Education Research, Julia Myers
  7. Socio-Cultural Insights into Conducting Qualitative Educational Research in Malaysia, Fariza Puteh-Behak, Farah Mohd Khaja & Ramiza Darmi
  8. The Emerging Use of Mixed Methods in Educational Research, Roslyn Cameron
  9. Research and Professional Practice in Scottish Education, Christine Forde
  10. Part III: Imposed Imperatives

  11. "This Email Thing Won’t Take Off!: A critique of the Australian government’s digital education revolution (der) funding on a secondary school, Martin C. Kerby, David Johnston, Michael Scott & Sean O’Brien
  12. Methodological Mistakes: A reflective examination of researcher gender privilege, Jennifer C. Ingrey
  13. Spoilt for Choice: Factors influencing postgraduate students’ decision making, Margaret Baguley, Anne Jasman, Peter Mcilveen, Henriette Van Rensburg & Rahul Ganguly
  14. The Business of Schools: The application of strategic management theories to risk-taking in decision-making in public schools, Karen Trimmer

Respondents Text: Stepping off the pedestal, Fred Dervin

About the Editors

Margaret M. Baguley is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts at the Springfield campus of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Yvonne S. Findlay is an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts at the Toowoomba campus of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Martin C. Kerby is the Museum Curator and Archivist at St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Brisbane and also lectures at the Springfield campus of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    EDUCATION / General
    EDUCATION / Research