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Tennessee Qualitative Inquiry for Social Justice

About TQISJ at Tennessee Tech

The goal of the Tennessee Qualitative Inquiry for Social Justice collaborating website is to provide a network for the scholarly promotion of qualitative inquiry and education concerned with social justice and human rights.
  • Included is a listing of local faculty and university staff involved in qualitative research and whose interest is in exploring social justice issues within the greater community.
  • We encourage researchers' dedication to the realization of a democratic society that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable, and that values the worth of all humans.
  • Our office promotes workshops, seminars, conferences, and other events in our area that may expand people's dedication to social justice.

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TQISJ Presentations & Presenters

  • ICQI 2019

     Coming soon.

  • ICQI 2018

     Coming soon.

  • ICQI 2017

     Coming soon.

  • ICQI 2016

    12th ICQI: Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times

    • Baker, J. C., & Ezell, L. (2016). From the sticks to stick-with-it-ness: The complexity of persistence in rural college students. ICQI "Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times," Urbana, IL. May 18-21, 2016.
    • Clark, E. T. Int’s not about me, it’s about we: Cultural responsiveness through literature.
    • Ellis, A., Callender, A., McMillan, E., & Silber-Furman, D. Navigating an equity-minded, qualitatively-rich doctoral program in neoliberal times.
    • Fidan, P., & Pittman, C. Fifth grade mathematics teachers’ perceptions of writing in mathematics.
    • Isbell, J. K., Baker, J. C., Sapp, D. L., Zagumny, L., & Anthony, H. The politics of academic advancement: Doubting the illusion of rigor.
    • Isbell, J. K., Chaudhuri, J., Madray, A., & Schaeffer, D. L. International graduate students’ perspectives on plagiarism in academic writing.
    • Sapp, D. L. The elite label: Two gifted teachers’ challenges with neoliberalism changes in the classroom.
    • Silber-Furman, D., & Al Sagar, A. Academic language in higher education.
    • Spears, A., & Wendt, S. Scientific argumentation in the kindergarten classroom: Supporting understanding of scientific knowledge using outstanding children’s literature.

  • ICQI 2015

    11th ICQI: Constructing a New Critical Qualitative Inquiry

    • Al Sager, A. The representation of Islam and Muslims in world history textbooks.
    • Baker, J. C. Collaborative autoethnography in education: Teachers’ engagement in a multi-layered approach to self-inquiry and reflection.
    • Bishop, T. Succumbing to the story: Autoethnography and anger in education research.
    • Callender, A., & Howard, M. Silenced conversations: Social construction of disability in two cultures.
    • Howard, M., & Callender, A. Lost in translation.
    • Pittman, C., & Isbell, J. K. Engaging with e-readers: Teacher and student perspectives on e-readers in secondary English classrooms.
    • Sapp, D. L. Impact of gifted student information on stakeholder decision-making: A critical content analysis.
    • Silber-Furman, D. Quest for success: How English language proficiency shapes academic identities of international students.
    • Spears, A. Alarming admonitions: A poetic representation of mothers’ experiences with early literacy advice.
    • Stepp, J., & Taylor, F. L. A grounded theory approach to professional development and collaboration.
    • Taylor, F. L. Inductive analysis on library climates.
    • Wendt, S. L., Isbell, J. K., Fidan, P., & Pittman, C. Teacher candidates’ attitudes and self-efficacy toward team work for teaching STEM in the elementary classroom.
    • Zagumny, L., Bishop, T., Shanks, K., Silber-Furman, D., & Chitiyo, G. Post-Inquiry troubling and the challenge to the practical: Perspectives from doctoral students and faculty.

  • ICQI 2014

    10th ICQI: Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Research

    • Al Sager, A. Introducing the unfamiliar: Get to know your Muslim student
    • Chitiyo, R., & Silber-Furman, D. Hide and seek curricula: An uneven playing field for bilingual students.
    • Howard, M., & Fain, J. Emergent understandings of the Schooling Literacy Project: Diverse schools generating close readings and critical responses to global and informational texts.
    • Howard, M., & Stewart, A. New literacies in the Second Life: A qualitative media analysis.
    • Landis, D., Stephens, J., Byford, G., & Isbell, J. A close-up of co-teaching: Zooming in on teacher candidates’ co-teaching experiences.
    • Marcum, R. The rod or the staff: Discipline practices in Protestant homes
    • Rawiszer, H. Students’ perceptions of critical literacy as an alternative teaching method to literacy instruction.
    • Rogers, A. Teachable moments: Incorporating literacy into all subjects.
    • Zagumny, L., Baker, J., & Bishop, T. Neoliberal assessments and the rise of the educator preparation program enterprise.

  • ICQI 2013

    9th ICQI: Qualitative Inquiry Outside the Academy

    • Al Sager, A., & Shinde, G. International Muslim students’ experience at a regional university in the United States.
    • Anthony, H., & Campbell, C. Teachers’ and students’ (mis)understandings of graphical representations in mathematics.
    • Baker, J., Thompson, E., & Ellis, A. Pleasure packs a punch: Adolescents speak about reading for fun at school.
    • Camuti, A., & Fisher, S. Qualitative analysis of text message construction practices in native speakers of Arabic.
    • Chitiyo, R., & Rawiszer, H. Wait, so you did this together? Two graduate students’ experiences with co-teaching and co-grading.
    • Howard, M., Al Sager, A., Baggett, A., Cochrane, S., & Majors, T. Tell me more about that: Meaningful cohort relationships in Ph.D. programs.
    • Howard, M., & Anthony, H. Questioning selves, questioning minds: Women’s persistence in doctoral programs.
    • Isbell, J. Lessons in the park: Authentic teaching and learning with preservice teachers.
    • Isbell, J., Baker, J., Zagumny, L., & Camuti, A. Beyond (yet related to) schooling: Interrogating deficit constructions of government-funded healthcare recipients.

  • ICQI 2012

    8th ICQI: Qualitative Inquiry as a Global Endeavour

    • Zagumny, L., Chitiyo, R., Rawiszer, H., & Norris, W. Teaching mathematics with chess: Stakeholders’ perspectives toward chess as an instructional strategy.

  • ICQI 2010

    6th ICQI: Qualitative Inquiry For a Global Community in Crisis

    • Howard, M. Addressing challenging behavior: A portrait of the effective preschool teacher.
    • Zagumny, L., & Richey, A. (Re)presenting the “Muslim World:” Critical visuality and textbook images.

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