Examining the Racialization of Positionality in Research Endeavors
The process of conducting research often privileges thinking that stems from post-positivist and quantitative approaches which influence our beliefs, assumptions, and “successes”, even if we engage in constructionist and qualitative research. Researchers frequently sidestep or minimize the meaning of doing research in a white-dominated world that still constrains deeper explorations of race. Thus, the impact of race and racialization is further “neutralized”. Expanding on (powell, 2012), Dr. Gooden defines racialization as a set of beliefs, mental constructions, practices, cultural norms that support institutional arrangements that both reflect and help to create knowledge by maintaining race-based conclusions in research.
This webinar series engages audiences in thinking about and reflecting on what it means to conduct educational research from a standpoint that honors Black lives in the research process, while also disrupting racism and white supremacy. Given the unprecedented moment we are all experiencing, we are committed to shifting the landscape of qualitative research and using this research to shift our sociopolitical context toward racial equity and justice.