Harvard Educational Review
  1. Spring 2020 Issue »

    After Words

    Negotiating Participant and Portraitist Response in the Study “Aftermath”

    Pei Pei Liu
    In this essay, Pei Pei Liu identifies the act of unveiling a completed portrait to solicit participant response as central to the conceptualization of portraiture. While this explicit extension of research relationships into the study “aftermath” distinguishes portraiture from many other qualitative methods, little practical guidance exists for portraitists striving to navigate this process, as published portraits and methodological writings rarely depict the event. To address this gap, Liu shares case studies from her own work that illustrate the inherent tensions stemming from multiple and sometimes conflicting rationales for soliciting participant response in portraiture. She then proposes three methodological commitments that could help portraitists and other qualitative researchers bring greater clarity and intentionality to this complex process.

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    Pei Pei Liu (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6057-2084) is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on teacher education and professional development that can help secondary and postsecondary educators enact motivationally supportive learning environments and instruction for their students. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Educational Psychology and Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught high school English in the Boston Public Schools and in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  2. Spring 2020 Issue


    Bridging the Public and Private in the Study of Teaching
    Revisiting the Research Argument
    Rachel Schachter and Donald Freeman

    Book Notes

    Tara Westover

    Absent from School
    Michael A. Gottfried and Ethan L. Hutt

    Where Teachers Thrive
    Susan Moore Johnson

    Redefining Success in America
    Michael B. Kaufman

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