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.
"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