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CANCELLED - Visiting Speaker - Dr. Wendy Luttrell, CUNY

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: 1010

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. We hope you can join us for Dr. Luttrell's keynote talk at the Robert Macmillan Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 10:00 – 10:55 am in the Community Room (FEB 1139).

Apologies for any inconvenience!

"Reflexivity in Research Practice"


In this seminar we will examine reflexivity as on an on-going practice.  It is based on my journey as a qualitative researcher that leads me to identify a set of principles and a methodological orientation I hope will be useful to others.   I trace the practice of reflexivity in a variety of qualitative research traditions, and make a case for understanding reflexivity as something to be learned and practiced in terms of degrees more than absolutes; it is a process to be made transparent in and through writing.  Like vision, reflexivity is always shifting in its focus, direction, and discernment: from less to more; from what is lost to what is gained; from solitary to collaborative; from moment to moment over personal and historical time; and from personal to social transformation.  Reflexivity in the thinking and discovery process is facilitated when it takes a form that is available for reflection (e.g. textual, visual, artistic) so that the recursive cycle can begin again.

Speaker Biography

Wendy Luttrell is Professor of Urban Education, Sociology and Critical Social Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Her research on educational inequality examines the interplay of social structure and subjective experience in school settings, focusing on how a sense of belonging, exclusion, entitlement, constraint, possibility, success and failure take root in young people’s self-evaluations and actions. She is the author of two award-winning books on this topic, School-smart and Mother-wise: Working-Class Women’s Identity and Schooling (1997) and Pregnant Bodies, Fertile Minds: Gender, Race and the Schooling of Pregnant Teens (2003) and is also the editor of Qualitative Educational Research: Readings on Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice (2010).  She has published numerous articles on her longitudinal, visual ethnography that examine the role that gender, race, and immigrant status play in how diverse, young people growing up in urban, working-class communities portray their lives and learning through photographs and video.  She is completing a book on this project and its implications for the links between care and educational justice in schools and society. At a time when distorted and increasingly fractious visions of “marginalized” communities proliferate, the book and its multimodal platform of photographs and videos compels readers/viewers to reconsider their ways of seeing and valuing poor and working-class children of color and their childhoods. Throughout her career, Luttrell has directed community-based, university, and teacher inquiry projects dedicated to advancing social justice in and around schools and that promote innovative research and teaching practices, as well as curriculum development initiatives.  She also serves as Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education.

Coffee and cookies will be served. Please RSVP to by Monday, March 25, 2019 if you would like to attend.

Jen Heidenheim
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