Reyes, Xaé Alicia Books
Dr. Xaé Alicia Reyes is Associate Professor of Education and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Dr. Reyes’ recent publications include “Transnational nomad in academia: a Puerto Rican perspective” in Alfred and Swaminathan’s Immigrant Women in the Academy: Negotiating Borders, Crossing Boundaries in Higher Education (2004) and “Teachers’ (re)constructions of knowledge: the other side of fieldwork” in the Journal of Latinos and Education. She is a founding member of the International Society of Language Studies.2005 0-7734-5987-1
This book is a reflective essay that challenges the paradigms used in qualitative research, both at the level of data collecting and at the eventual publishing and/or sharing of findings. In reviewing published research and witnessing presentations of data resulting from interviews, narratives, open-ended questionnaires and field notes, critical issues related to the languages and cultures of both researchers and researched, appear to be neglected. In this text, discussions of potential misunderstandings and misinterpretations, often not accounted for in reporting findings, are de-constructed and posited as potentially harmful to informing practice and policy in fields such as education, policy design, and the social sciences. The goal of this book is to encourage explicit discussions of the impact of differences in languages and cultures of the researchers and researched in the design and practice of qualitative methods and in the reporting of findings.