Brill's Encyclopedia of Critical Understanding in Education

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Series Editors: William M. Reynolds and Brad Porfilio

Comprising 2000 entries, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Critical Understanding in Education is a fully searchable database presenting comprehensive and accurate portraits of the various disciplines related to critical thinking and understanding in Educational Research. What readers will encounter in this database is what the various fields are saying, and have been saying during their various histories. Designed to open up conversations among current established scholars and future, next generation scholars nationally and internationally, these complicated conversations further expand the various fields and lead to possibilities for praxis. Praxis emphasizes the increase of critical knowledge and understandings both for self-development and social reconstruction. There is a uniqueness in Critical Understanding in Education in the commitment to the focus on the historical development and comprehensive critical presentation of a particular discipline.

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Quare Theory

(1,829 words)

Author(s): Coleman, Raphael D. | Means, Darris R.
1 Foundations of Quare Theory Developed and coined by E. Patrick Johnson, a performance and African American studies scholar, quare theory is “theory of and for gays and lesbians of Color” (Johnson, 2005, …


(2,276 words)

Author(s): Weise, Jessica A.
Scholars have shown the difficulty in defining queer because its very meaning rejects stable categorization of identity categories, typically along sexual and gender identities (Graves, 2015; Love, 20…

Queer Archives

(1,238 words)

Author(s): Coloma, Roland Sintos
Queer archives can have two distinct meanings: the first constitutes collections of historical documents or records related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (lgbtq) individuals, organizations, cultures, and …

Queer Children’s Literature

(1,316 words)

Author(s): Hermann-Wilmarth, Jill M.
Because children’s literature with lgbtq+ characters has long been limited, queer readers have frequently, historically, and currently searched for—and found—reflections of themselves in children’s books …

Queer Composing

(1,860 words)

Author(s): Schey, Ryan
1 Composing: One Aspect of Literacy Composing, or writing, is one aspect of literacy (see also Queer Literacies). Literacy is not a singular set of decontextualized autonomous skills; instead, literacy is ideological …

Queer Critical Theories

(1,247 words)

Author(s): López Medina, Esteban Francisco
Critical Theories as a school of thought started in the context of the Frankfurt School in early-20th-century Germany. The first to use this label were Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse in two articl…

Queer Ecology

(1,810 words)

Author(s): Coogler, Carlson H.
The term ‘queer ecology’ refers to a diversity of ways of thinking and practicing queer theory and ecological studies together (Sandilands, 2016). Within this panoply, many ways of defining, exploring…

Queer Ethnography

(1,600 words)

Author(s): Shelton, Stephanie Anne
1 What Is Ethnography? The term “ethnography” is derived from Greek words “Ethnos,” meaning “people,” and “Graphein,” which refers to the action of writing; the combination roughly translates to “writing …

Queer Futurity

(1,754 words)

Author(s): Helmsing, Mark E.
1 Imagining a Queer Tomorrow The concept of queer futurity allows educators and students to consider a possible world beyond the present, or a way of living that is “not here yet,” a key phrase used by one…

Queer Indigenous Studies

(2,142 words)

Author(s): Antuna, Marcos de R.
Connections between queerness—or difference, especially in terms of gender and/or sexuality (Halperin, 2003)—and Indigeneity—or original cultural expression, related to place (Merlan, 2009)—are comple…

Queering Mixed Methods Research

(1,965 words)

Author(s): Shannon-Baker, Peggy
1 Introduction To queer or a queering refers to the process of unsettling hetero- and cisnormative notions of gender, sexuality, identities, and practices (de Lauretis, 1991; Lorde, 1984; Pinar, 1998; R…

Queer Literacies

(1,610 words)

Author(s): Wargo, Jon M.
1 Introduction The constellation of literacy theories is vast. Categorized as “situated literacies” (Barton et al., 1999), “new literacies” (Lankshear & Knobel, 2011; Street, 1984), “social literacies” …

Queer of Color Critique

(1,862 words)

Author(s): Callier, Durell M.
1 Tracing Queer of Color Critique Genealogies Queer of Color Critique (qocc), is a comparative method of analysis which critiques and reveals racialized, gendered, and sexualized realities as they inform social …

Queer Pedagogy

(1,775 words)

Author(s): Pennell, Summer Melody
Queer pedagogy takes queer theory, a post-structuralist approach that questions and challenges normativity, into the realm of education. Like queer theory, queer pedagogy is a conceptual framework wit…

Queer Phenomenology

(1,986 words)

Author(s): Wagner, Travis L.
1 What Is Phenomenology? Phenomenology explores how one experiences the world and makes sense of their consciousness within these experiences. Prioritizing the role of the body within experience, phenomen…

Queer Qualitative Research

(1,840 words)

Author(s): Shelton, Stephanie Anne
Qualitative research is a broad field that is designed to explore humans and humanity, especially everyday events and experiences, across multiple social science, health science, information science, …

Queer Quantitative Research

(1,178 words)

Author(s): Kilgo, Cindy Ann
Queer quantitative research exists in a paradoxical space straddling the use of queer theory and quantitative methods. While quantitative research emerges from positivist and postpositivist perspectiv…

Queer Reading

(2,098 words)

Author(s): Crawley, S. Adam
1 Introduction In examining queer issues in schools, Deborah Britzman (1995) directed readers to stop reading “straight”—to refrain from automatically interpreting representations and themes in texts as…

Queer Studies of (Dis)Ability

(1,726 words)

Author(s): Davies, Adam W. J. | Soud, Rsha
1 Queer Studies & Disability Studies: In Conversation Queer studies of (dis)ability are invested in challenging hegemonic structures and compulsory norms that continue to marginalize queer and disabled people…

Queer Survey Methodologies

(746 words)

Author(s): Garvey, Jason C.
1 Introduction Queer survey methodologies are approaches of both survey methodologies and queer epistemologies. Survey research emerged from positivist and post-positivist thought. Survey methodology co…
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