Anybody know anything of this research?

Elaine Kirk

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Helen Lees
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Research Summary

My PhD research uses post-structuralist theory to consider the effects from the social and in the personal of discovering alternative educational modes, such as home education. Using interviews conducted with various adults interested in these possibilities, I am considering gaps in our present understanding of the import of alternative education and its philosophies. These will be presented within a context of challenge and query regarding hegemony and dystopia in mainstream schooling norms and the effects of conscientization about alternatives away from that mainstream.
 
She was at Hesfes explaining her work this year and doing some research last year, she is well meaning but full of assumptions we wouldn't necessarily agree with. Might have more info will have a look.
 

Elaine Kirk

Super Moderator
Helen Lees, School of Education, University of Birmingham

What happens to the Self when people discover Alternative Educational possibilities?

This presentation is an overview of work being done on the effect on the Self when people discover the ideas and philosophies of alternative educational practices, with a special emphasis on home education and the parents of home educated children.

It will give an insight into the alternative education scene in the UK at the moment, especially the home education scene. Included in the presentation will be a variety of topics that have arisen during the planning of my thesis, arranged to show the complexity of the issue. These may include a discussion of gypsy ontology and elective home education, the media’s portrayal of home education and the rise in home education, why the later work of Michel Foucault is relevant, the technology of the democratic with the personal, what ‘discovery’ is in the context of alternative education, what the Self can be in this context, what is ‘School Exit’?, why is there a discrepancy between policy and practice when it comes to informing about home education?, and possibly other ideas such as the difficulty of combining a philosophically orientated study with empirical field research.
 

Sheila Struthers

Well-known member
Elaine, can remember this being discussed but damned if I can remember where....

Might even have been somewhere on these forums :biggrin1:

May come back to my poor old brain :wacko:
 

Admin

Administrator
There goes that cavalier use of the 'UK' term again. Since when was HESFES representative of HErs? And since when did English law apply to the UK?

One current HE researcher has been very careful about terminology and earned my respect as a result - shame about the rest (they must have gone to school).

Grrrrr, I feel a serious amount of ranting coming on.
 
I've been home educating for 14 years and have never gone to HESFes and never will. I also know plenty of other home educators who never go either.
 

mirky

HE
She was the person who did that Birmingham day conference earlier this year.

Been HEing since DD's birth and we have not been to HESFES either, and won't be going either ;)
 

Elaine Kirk

Super Moderator
She was at Hesfes explaining her work this year and doing some research last year, she is well meaning but full of assumptions we wouldn't necessarily agree with. Might have more info will have a look
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Yes please Maire that would be good
 
Never been to HesFes here either though have nothing against it.
Research is sometimes going to bring up these issues and I guess HE research is no different. It really is down to the researcher what line or avenues they will persue, and perhaps they are restricted in some sence by canvassing widely for opinion or due to financial or time limitations. What would concern me more is how any simple thesis document for a Uni qualification might for some time be brought into the HE arena as any kind of evidence or to be used in policy. i think researchers should with this in mind even if not the intention, should take extra measures to make it as widely representative as possible before making any statements in conclusion.

We all know the effects of research taken in isolation and actually I think I'm being fairly reserved in criticism when as it stands, it doesn't sound good to me. i have to assume their research supervisor doesn't know anything about the subject and has left it to them. If it hasn't yet been submitted for assesment I would be inclined to think some emails to the person and their tutor were in order about now.

Summer
 
I think there is probably a good research project for someone to look at the attitudes and assumptions of new researchers in home education field and see how they change over time. It's also interesting how those assumptions are reflected in the type of questions asked, and the wording of said questions.

As for Hesfes, never been, but as it's going to be on our doorstep next year, we'll probably go see what it's like.
 
My PhD research uses post-structuralist theory to consider the effects from the social and in the personal of discovering alternative educational modes, such as home education.
Does anyone have a translation of this? I have mislaid my Gobbledegook-English dictionary.

And, is the PhD in theatrical studies or what?
It will give an insight into the alternative education scene in the UK at the moment, especially the home education scene.
I really despair. This woman is attending the School of Education at Birmingham. Yet (quite apart from gobbledegook) seems not to know that Gypsy should be capitalised and cannot punctuate (‘School Exit’?,). Can anyone on this list actually decipher what these highlighted phrases mean:
These may include a discussion of gypsy ontology and elective home education, the media’s portrayal of home education and the rise in home education, why the later work of Michel Foucault is relevant, the technology of the democratic with the personal, what ‘discovery’ is in the context of alternative education, what the Self can be in this context, what is ‘School Exit’?[What indeed? DRG], why is there a discrepancy between policy and practice when it comes to informing [informing whom? DRG] about home education?, and possibly other ideas such as the difficulty of combining a philosophically orientated study with empirical field research.

Gaaaagggghhhhh!
 

Helen_A

HEdups
Argh. Well post structuralist theory is a flash way of saying that they are following a fluid approach and ignoring statistical means. (as an anthropologist I would talk about participant observation in the same context, a far more appropriate way to 'study' education in my mind lol)

As for the rest of it - it reads like someone who hasn't got to the stage of being ready for a phd. Or they started out with a nice narrow field and were told to broaden it but don't know how....
 
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