Qun Ma: Why Researchers Should Use Realism, not Poststructuralism, to Explore a Complex Phenomenon? Using Early Childhood Teachers’ Professional Identity as an example
This presentation focuses on why research using realism enables us to unpack early childhood teachers' professional identities by exploring experiences, events and conditions beyond discourses often in poststructuralism. I first examine the dominant theoretical framework, poststructuralism, in research on early childhood teachers' professional identities and explain how they interpret and understand reality. Then I compare them to an alternative framework, realism and explain what realism is. Finally, built on that, I summarise the contribution that realism will bring to interpreting early childhood teachers' professional identities.
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