Centering Indigenous Epistemologies in Research

In Protecting the promise: Indigenous education between mothers and their children (2021) Timothy San Pedro examines the idea of how Native families are recentering Indigenous knowledge in everyday ways that resist the damages wrought by settler colonialism. This collection of stories re-storied by the author and participants calls on readers to think deeply about the … Continue reading Centering Indigenous Epistemologies in Research

Learning to be a better writer

William Germano’s (2021) book, “On revision: The only writing that counts” is a wonderful addition to an academic writer's library. In seven chapters, Germano advises writers on how to think about “revision”—the process by which we all some of us many of us struggle to make our writing clearer and develop stronger arguments. For anyone … Continue reading Learning to be a better writer

“Orwell’s Roses”: A Rhizomatic Journey

Writers outside higher education make use of the same methods used by qualitative researchers – those of participant observation, interviewing and document analysis. In her book Orwell’s Roses, Rebecca Solnit (2021) used these methods, along with a rhizomatic thought process (p. 125) to explore the connections emanating from author George Orwell’s mention of planting roses … Continue reading “Orwell’s Roses”: A Rhizomatic Journey

The 17th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

The 17th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, which was held this past week from 19th-22nd May, 2021 drew 100s of scholars from around the world for several days of thought-provoking presentations. The conference began on Wednesday with a day in Spanish and Portuguese and meetings of special interest groups for autoethnography, arts-based research, and Indigenous … Continue reading The 17th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Wayward lives, beautiful experiments

One of the challenges for researchers working with archival records is how to report research findings while acknowledging that records are always incomplete and fragmentary. Even today, when we have access to digitized documents, born-digital records and warehouses all over the world providing cloud storage space, only a small fraction of materials are preserved for … Continue reading Wayward lives, beautiful experiments

The lost education of Horace Tate

Educational historian Vanessa Siddle Walker's (2018) book The lost education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the hidden heroes who fought for justice in schools, details Horace Tate's contribution to the fight for educational opportunities for black children in the Southern United States. Horace Tate (1922-2002) served for 16 years in the Georgia State Senate, and his … Continue reading The lost education of Horace Tate

Work-based learning in the National Health Service

Peggy Warren's (2019) book, Black women's narratives of NHS work-based learning: An ethnodrama, centers the voices of Black British and Black Caribbean women who engaged in educational and professional development in the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain. The sub-title, "The difference between rhetoric and lived experience" provides the key to understanding the book's message … Continue reading Work-based learning in the National Health Service

Examining the transition from “womb to world”

In his book, Phenomenology of the new born: Life from womb to world, Michael van Manen (2019) guides readers through an exploration of the experiences of newborn infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As a specialist in neonatal-perinatal medicine in Canada, van Manen brings together in this book the skills and knowledge of … Continue reading Examining the transition from “womb to world”

Decolonizing Psychology

What connections might a white, middle-aged, middle-class woman in the United States have with urban youth living in Western India? At first thought, little, if any. Yet, a book by Sunil Bhatia (2018), a professor of human development at Connecticut College in the U.S. unsettles any hasty judgments. Decolonizing psychology: Globalization, social justice, and Indian … Continue reading Decolonizing Psychology