"Some of Your "Faves" Are Problematic: Disrupting Common Yet Problematic Narratives, Theories, and Practice in Education"
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
Theme: Leveraging Educational Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence
April 5-9, 2019
Title: Some of Your "Faves" Are Problematic: Disrupting Common Yet Problematic Narratives, Theories, and Practice in Education
Session: Presidential Session Invited Speaker Session
Invited Participant: Constance Iloh
Abstract: This session is designed to consider that if we are to leverage educational research and practice that is emancipatory, relevant, and responsive to the pressing needs and realities of the 21st century; it is imperative we create spaces to address, question, and disrupt that which is inherently problematic in our field. Accordingly, this session aims to change the narrative by engaging a conversation on disruption of harmful yet often popular theories, narratives, and practices in the field of education. It incorporates diverse perspectives from scholars and leaders with an array of knowledge and professional backgrounds and highlights many of the tensions, conflicts, and nuances that are the impetus for a discussion on problematic narratives, theories, and practices. The session will begin with short and engaging presentations from Iloh, Flores, and Ishimaru and they ways their work is challenging “problematic faves.” The majority and remainder of the session will consist of dialogue where Alim and audience members have the opportunity to pose questions. The audience in the room, as well as those not present physically, will be able to engage in the conversation using Twitter hashtag #AERAproblematicFaves. Some questions posed from our Twitter audience will even be addressed during the session so that those unable to be present can still be heard during the session. The design of this interdisciplinary session is also an act of disruption. We take an expansive approach to who should be considered as experts, disruptors, and innovators in our field by unapologetically creating a panel that is not male-dominated, white-dominated, and full/distinguished professor dominate