1st Edition

Writing Educational Biography Explorations in Qualitative Research

By Craig Kridel, Craig Kridel Copyright 1998
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    This collection examines the many influences of biographical inquiry in education and discusses methodological issues from the perspective of veteran and novice biographers. Contributors underscore the documentary, interpretive, and literary concerns of biographical and archival work, and their essays reveal the complexity, distinctiveness, and sense of exploration of scholarly endeavors.

    Chapter 1 Introduction; Part 1 Qualitative Research and Educational Biography; Chapter 2 Introduction; Chapter 3 Musings on Life Writing: Biography and Case Studies in Teacher Education, Robert V.BulloughJr.; Chapter 4 Ethnography with a Biographic Eye, Corrine E. Glesne; Chapter 5 Revealing Human Agency: The Uses of Biography in the Study of Educational History, Barbara Finkelstein; Chapter 6 Construction Scars: Autobiographical Voice in Biography, William F. Pinar, Anne E. Pautz; Part 2 Methodological Issues and Biographical Research; Chapter 7 Introduction; Chapter 8 The Issue of Subject: A Critical Connection, Blanche Wiesen Cook; Chapter 9 The Issue of Gender: Continuing Problems in Biography, Linda C. Wagner-Martin; Chapter 10 Black Subject, White Biographer, Wayne J. Urban; Chapter 11 Trust and Memory: Explorations in Oral History and Biography, Alan Wieder; Part 3 Archival Research and Educational Biography; Chapter 12 Introduction; Chapter 13 Unique Resources: Research in Archival Collections, Herbert J. Hartsook; Chapter 14 Fair Use Issues in Archival and Biographical Research, Philo Hutcheson; Chapter 15 The Historical Recovery of Edyth Astrid Ferris, Geraldine Joncich Clifford; Chapter 16 On Becoming an Archivist and Biographer, Louis M. Smith; Part 4 Educational Biography as Dissertation Research; Chapter 17 Introduction; Chapter 18 Finding Facts, Telling Truths, Achieving Art, Katherine C. Reynolds; Chapter 19 Willing Biographer, Unwilling Subject, Tony Reid; Chapter 20 The Biographer's Relationship with Her Subject, Lynda Anderson Smith; Chapter 21 A Search for Prose That Recreates the Past, Thomas B. Horton; Chapter 22 Is It Fiction or Biography?, Edwin C. Epps; Part 5 Implications for the Field of Education; Chapter 23 Introduction; Chapter 24 Biography, Education and Questions of the Private Voice, Janet L. Miller; Chapter 25 I Search, You Search, We All Search: Biography and the Public Voice, William Ayers; Chapter 26 Asking Questions About Telling Stories, D. Jean Clandinin, F. Michael Connelly; Chapter 27 Inquiry, Data and Understanding: A Search for Meaning in Educational Research, Lorin W. Anderson;


    Craig Kridel

    "A unique addition to the growing catalog of texts about qualitative method. It discusses, in rich detail, research strategies which all qualitative researchers, not just those doing full-fledged educational biographies, will want to make part of their methodological repertoire. The book is also a model of what a good methodology text should look like. It both grapples with provocative intellectual questions associated with doing research and provides the sort of nitty-gritty procedural details which all researchers need." -- Robert Donmoyer, Editor, Educational Researcher, Ohio State University
    "With publication of this comprehensive and superbly written collection to serve as both guide and validating footnote, 'educational biography'-biographical research into the lives of educators past and present-Now assumes its rightful and legitimate place among the major approaches to qualitative inquiry." -- Harry Wolcott, University of Oregon
    "This is an extremely important work which adds significantly to our understanding of biography both as a tool in educational research and as a unique genre in its own right. It will be a great source of enlightenment for educators, biographers, and students of biography." -- Stephen B. Oates, Paul Murray Kendall Professor of Biography and Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst