"The Power and Politics of Conducting Critical Research That Advances Educational Justice in the Age of Trump"
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: The Power and Politics of Conducting Critical Research That Advances Educational Justice in the Age of Trump
Event: AERA Presidential Session Invited Speaker Session
Participant: Shanyce Campbell
Abstract: In today’s political climate where xenophobic discourse and repressive policymaking are increasingly normalized, the vulnerability of marginalized youth, families, and communities is heightened. The work of researchers drawing upon critical methodologies to advance educational justice for such populations is attracting greater suspicion or plain dismissal. Such researchers in this post-truth, Trumpian age can easily be cast as left-wing “snowflakes,” rather than respected as learned experts who challenge the status quo, yet remain committed to doing work of high quality, rigor, and integrity. Critical qualitative methodologies, in particular, have long guided researchers in affirming the value of experiential knowledge and lived truths. Such truths are influenced by people’s subjectivities, yet unlike “post-truths”, they are reality-based. These truths have emerged from evidence-based counter-narratives, and they provide tremendous insight about how members of marginalized groups experience—and often resist—biased educational ideologies, practices, and policies. Researchers then pinpoint transformative possibilities for educational improvement. A growing number of mixed-method and quantitative researchers are employing critical methodological frameworks with justice-minded aims too.