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Dialogical exemplars as communicative tools: Resituating knowledge from dialogical single case studies

Zadeh, S; Cabra, M; (2019) Dialogical exemplars as communicative tools: Resituating knowledge from dialogical single case studies. Culture & Psychology 10.1177/1354067X19888194. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we develop the concept of ‘dialogical exemplars’ as communicative tools for scholars who wish to ‘resituate knowledge’ from dialogical single case studies. Exemplars are typological representatives that try to convey typicality in non-taxonomic terms, yet in the existing literature, they are defined in terms of their relationship to a population, class or sample. We suggest instead that ‘dialogical exemplars’, as specific instances that have the self-other at their core, can be used to convey the ‘wholeness’ of cases to various audiences. To support this proposition, we draw upon two single case studies, built 30 years apart, that are concerned with children’s daily lives and experiences. Specifically, we develop a dialogue with and between examples from each case of children's play, not only to make the case for ‘dialogical exemplars’, but also to evidence the process through which we arrived at this concept. We highlight that this process is one that researchers often go through, but, rather curiously, rarely document. In conclusion, we suggest that ‘resituating knowledge’ might be best thought of as several, non-linear, stages in the process of dialogical research that involve, and invite further dialogue.

Type: Article
Title: Dialogical exemplars as communicative tools: Resituating knowledge from dialogical single case studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1354067X19888194
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X19888194
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Psychology, Multidisciplinary, Psychology, Dialogical exemplars, dialogicality, generalisation, resituating knowledge, single case studies, RESOURCES, LIFE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090429
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