1st Edition

Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research

    100 Pages
    by Routledge

    100 Pages
    by Routledge

    Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research develops the practical elements of educational criticism, a form of qualitative inquiry that takes its lead from the work that critics have done in fields such as the visual arts, music, literature, drama and dance. Written by leading scholars in the field of curriculum studies, and research methods, this book explores the interpretive and evaluative aspects of educational criticism, through which the educational critic offers means for understanding and attributing significance to educational events. Featuring chapter-by-chapter activities, guiding questions, and key terms, this volume addresses matters of study design, pedagogy, and trends in doing educational criticism and connoisseurship. By offering a uniquely in-depth account of this research method, Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research is accessible to researchers and students in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and higher education.


    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Connoisseurship: The Arts of Perception and Discernment

    Chapter 3: Study Design

    Chapter 4: Description and Interpretation

    Chapter 5: Evaluation and Thematics

    Chapter 6: Trends and Variations


    P. Bruce Uhrmacher is Professor of Education and Research Methods at the Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver, USA, and Faculty Advisor for the Institute for Creative Teaching. He previously served as President of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. His research interests include arts-based research, qualitative research, alternative school settings, curriculum theory and practice, and Waldorf education.

    Christy McConnell Moroye is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. She is Co-Editor of Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue and is interested in ecological and aesthetic perspectives of education.

    David J. Flinders is Professor of Curriculum Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. His interests focus on qualitative research methods, secondary school reform, curriculum theory, and peace studies.

    "Elliot Eisner was more innovative theorist than procedure-focused methodologist; consequently, this book provides much-needed information about how to actually do Eisner’s educational criticism. The authors, however, also make their own innovative theoretical contributions when they discuss fusing educational criticism with research approaches such as action research, auto-ethnography, and mixed-methods designs." - Robert Donmoyer, University of San Diego

    "Both erudite and practical, this book is useful for anyone who wishes to learn more about connoisseurship and criticism and its application in a research setting or similar situations involving applied qualitative inquiry and evaluation." -Brian Wagner, Northern Vermont University.