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Education and inequality in scholarly journals 1900-2007
Kristianstad University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0246-3039
2008 (English)In: ISCHE 30. Education and Inequality. Historical Approaches to Schooling and Social Stratification. The 30th session of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Newark, N.J., July 23-26, 2008, Rutgers University, Newark, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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An inventory of educational peer-reviewed, scholarly journals worldwide, including journals on-line, isunder construction in an ongoing project called REMI /Research in Education Mirrored In EducationalJournals. A history of educational journals and educational research according to what has beenpublished 1900-2007 is as well to be outlined. In this paper the collected data is used to examine in whatway research asking questions concerning education and inequality has been published. What patterns ofresearch publication appear, during the 20th century and a few years into the 21st century, when it comesto research concerning education and inequality? Two approaches will be presented in this paper. Firsteducational peer-reviewed, scholarly journals indexed in well-known databases as Academic SearchElite /Ebsco, DOAJ, Elsevier Science Direct, Emerald, Electric Journals Library, ERIC, Ingenta andProquest are looked into. Some of these databases have between 200 and 300 indexed educationaljournals. Others have more than 600 educational journals indexed. All of these are included and the onesthat overlap reduce the number. The educational journals collected out of these databases arecategorized according to their names, aims and scope. The constructed map indicates an absence offocus on education and inequality. Issues of inequality have however not been overlooked over theyears, as we all know. It can be assumed that the research body in question is to be identified and lookedfor elsewhere. A second approach in this paper digs deeper into a sample of educational journals. Whathas been published in this sample of educational journals from the beginning of the 20th century untilnowadays? In the intention to reach a globalized perspective, the affiliation of the author is looked at. Apicture is constructed of what kind of questions that are lifted in different parts of the world and inwhich context of scientific discipline. Are there peaks in time or periods of neglecting? What exactly isthe research about? The bibliometric-collected information about educational research published ineducational journals concerned with education and inequality, the picture given, is sociologicallyanalyzed in a multi-perspective, critical theory-and-method-design. Concepts offered by Bourdieu andhis theory of reflexivity is used, theories of research communication and discourse theories. Questionsabout the role of educational journals in the construction of the educational field are raised. Alsoquestions about dominating discourses, power and knowledge, social mechanisms and social fieldsrelated to scientific practise. A more transformative approach in educational research in order to enhancecommunication and knowledge production seems to be needed.

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Rutgers University, Newark, 2008.
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Pedagogy
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-50352DiVA, id: diva2:910200
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ISCHE 30. The 30th session of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Newark, N.J., July 23-26, 2008
Available from: 2010-02-17 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2016-04-20Bibliographically approved

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