“Students as Researchers: Forming a Critical Inquiry Community through an Ethic of Care Framework”
Lenny Sanchez, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA
February 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m. (EST/USA)
This study explores the promises and challenges of engaging a class of third grade students as critical researchers in the classroom. Using a participatory and collaborative action research design, the classroom teacher and I joined the students as they engaged in ethnographic methods to investigate various issues affecting their school and community. Drawing from feminist and critical epistemologies, I examine the multiple, interconnected, shifting manifestations of inquiry which occurred during our time together as I pay particular attention to the complexities in how students use inquiry as an autobiographical process to articulate and reflect on their social and cultural realities, how inquiry forges opportunities for adult and student researchers to con-construct “storylines,” and what it means to view teaching and learning within an ethic of care framework.
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