The Assembly A Journal for Public Scholarship on Education
Welcome to The Assembly! We are a graduate student run journal of education committed to creating a space online for all stakeholders in education to share their perspectives on the field with each other. We publish publicly oriented articles and dialogue essays once per semester written by scholars, teachers, family members, students, and other members of the field of education. We also aim to facilitate greater communication between these different members through active use of social media.
New Dialogues Issue!
The Assembly is announcing a special Dialogues issue called "Educators Moving Towards Collective Liberation" coordinated by A Queer Endeavor. This special Dialogues issue stems from the meeting of the Educator Institute for Equity and Justice, sponsored by A Queer Endeavor, that brought together K-12 educators and leaders from Colorado and beyond to engage in deep conversation on anti-racism, gender and sexual diversity, bi/multilingualism, and other topics, to learn and enact equity and justice-focused practices. All multi-modal articles are located on the website.
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In this article, three immigrant scholars (two with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and one formerly undocumented) come together to reflect and theorize about and from their experiences engaging in research with and about undocumented immigrants. Through a Chicanx/Latinx feminist framework, the authors share their historias to dissect their lived experiences as researchers and research participants and how these experiences inform their understanding and engagement with research today.
Research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are a promising tool for producing educational research that supports sustainable and equitable school reform. However, the status quo in RPPs poses some challenges to the achievement of these admirable aims. We show the pervasiveness of these obstacles using institutional logics—historical patterns, practices, and systems used to make sense of our world
Strong research-practice partnership (RPP) relationships are defined in part by having routines and norms that support equitable participation of each partner, but exactly how those routines and norms are achieved is unclear. Utilizing cultural historical activity theory (CHAT), we examine two RPPs who shifted their mediating artifacts – the tools, rules, and division of labor that structure joint work – to move toward more equitable partnership. These narrative accounts provide insight into how RPP participants – researchers, practitioners, and graduate students – can leverage moments of change to maintain or regain equitable power distribution.
The idea for this issue of The Assembly began as part of the 2021 RESHAPE Conference as part of a focused mentoring experience for graduate students and early career scholars. In what follows, we will describe the origins of the RESHAPE network and the design of the conference. While not all of the article authors attended the RESHAPE conference, all of the articles seek to reimagine community research - from hardships to new understandings - to offer possibility, inspiration, and connection for potential paths forward.
As we consider how we might recover individually and collectively from a global pandemic and continue to address ongoing persecution and active oppression of people of color, Black people, and Queer people in education and research, it is paramount to consider where we are coming from and where we are...