Authentic Dissertation Alternative Ways of Knowing, Research and Representation

ISBN-10: 0415442230

ISBN-13: 9780415442237

Edition: 2008

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The Authentic Dissertation is a road map for students who want to make their dissertation more than a series of hoop-jumping machinations that cause them to lose the vitality and meaningfulness of their research. Students and tutors are presented with practical guidance for the kind of alternative dissertations that many educators believe are needed to move Doctoral and Master's level work beyond the limitations that currently stifle authentic contributions for a better world. Drawing on his Cherokee/Creek ancestry and the Raramuri shamans of Mexico the author explores how research can regain its humanist core and find its true place in the natural order once more. Four Arrows provides a degree of "credibility" that will help graduate students legitimize their ideas in the eyes of more conservative university committees. This inspiring book will also help academics who sincerely want to see these alternative forms but are concerned about the rigor of "alternative" dissertation research and presentation. The featured dissertation stories tap into more diverse perspectives, more authentic experience and reflection, and more creative abilities. They are, in essence, spiritual undertakings that Honour the centrality of the researcher's voice, experience, creativity and authority Focus more on important questions than on research methodologies per se Reveal virtues (generosity, patience, courage, respect, humility, fortitude, etc.) Regard the people's version of reality The goal of this book is not to replace the historical values of academic research in the western tradition, but to challenge some of these values and offer alternative ideas that stem from different, sometimes opposing values. ,
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List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Day one: Indigenous ways of knowing
"Brilliant or bullshit!"
"A facilitated journey"
"Tin-can bear fat"
"Whispering the circle back"
"Double wampum"
Day two: Creative story telling
"Seeing red "
"Breaking silences"
"Stories as relationship"
Day three: Poetic inquiry and visual art
"Voices in the silence"
"A journey to praxis "
"The creative potential of not knowing"
"Aesthetic spaces"
Day four: Documentary film and photographs
"Writing with photographs"
"For spiritual reasons"
Day five: Drama, dialogue, and performance
"Fearless leadership"
"Out of the cage"
"A grim fairy tale"
"Masks in metaxis"
"Passion and sparks"
Day six: Autobiography/autoethnography
"The educator's voice or 'the club?'"
"Calling on spirit"
"I've got to be me"
"Appreciative inquiry"
"Being in harmony"
Day seven: Participant's voices
"Knowingness, negotiation, and beauty: recognizing and sharing Indigenous knowledge and voice"
"Caught by culture and conflict"
"In my own backyard "
"Flight of ducks "
Closing remarks
Author index
Subject index
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