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Finding the Lost Thing under the Binds of a Neglected Thesis Cover

Robinson, J.ORCID: 0000-0003-0958-4973 (2019) Finding the Lost Thing under the Binds of a Neglected Thesis Cover. In: Smith, R.J. and Delamont, S., (eds.) The Lost Ethnographies: Methodological Insights from Projects that Never Were. Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 147-163.

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In revisiting the very first ethnographic research the author ever completed has ‘unearthed’ a significant project that speaks to policy makers, educators and teachers with a greater impact than it did when written and shelved over a decade ago. This insider’s journey in reclaiming teaching, conducted within a public high school in Australia, captures the author’s experiences of daily events and is intertwined with the narratives of other teachers interviewed. This ethnography occurred during the implementation of a ‘School Development Plan’ that was sweeping swiftly though the institution. The execution of this plan was unreservedly implemented with little, if any, consultation, explanation or collaboration with the teachers on site. Even though it had been anticipated, and indeed encouraged to publish from this nascent thesis, it did not happen. In reaching for it once again off the shelf, dusty and neglected, was the discovery of a ‘lost thing’. This was a recommendation ‘found’ on the final pages of the thesis; that if one should choose to partake in a similar journey in reclaiming teaching, then they would be wise to garner the support of significant ‘others’. Throughout this chapter, the author finds her own silenced voice (no longer a nom de plume) and the voices of her neglected colleagues to ‘speak back’ to neoliberal policy practice with renewed confidence and clarity. It is the teachers’ voices within their collective ‘present’ that this ethnography unifies and provides transforming nexus points and dialogic spaces to discover, and also maintain hope, possibility, trust, respect and relationships in teaching.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Copyright: © Copyright 2019 Emerald Publishing Limited
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