This website is purposely just a little bit messy.
It is at times not linear. This non-linearity was a design choice with methodological underpinnings. By not making the website completely easy to follow I am hoping to mirror the difficult-to-navigate nature of research that seeks to be participatory, inclusive, and open. One may find herself at times frustrated, perhaps thinking she missed a link or a piece of information. While potentially inconvenient, this has purpose.
The website is also horizonal, meaning it has layers. Hyperlinks allow a reader to “drill down” and also move into, across, and in between thoughts and ideas; with each click comes new information, deeper into the topic and what might by some be considered tangential topics. If all a reader is interested in is “the story,” then she could click on those things (see “Why are our teachers racist?” for the “story” of the main project presented here). If a reader is interested in epistemological underpinnings of decisions the research collective made, then he could click on those things (see, for example, a discussion on Participatory Action Research). This design choice is also methodological, as I seek to reflect the horizonal nature of the process of learning and knowledge production.
All of the website design decisions are purposeful, meaningful, and useful. For example, I have chosen to allow readers to “Leave a Reply” on any of the pages here. Having been consumed with concerns about voice and privilege and power, I hope this aspect of the website, as well as others, will allow those concerns and choices to be taken out of my hands and given over to the consumers of the research, as well as members of the research collective who, by the nature of institutional dissertation requirements, have less say than I do in this presentation of the project.
So, for now, I would ask that you have a bit of patience with a website that may not be designed according to implicit rules of readability and linearity.
These rules define learning and knowledge in a very particular and uninclusive way. I would ask you to go where your interest takes you. Click on what makes you question your own assumptions about research or education or knowledge. Leave replies about what you do or don’t agree with. Engage in the critical process of knowledge production, as our research collective did in “Why are our teachers racist?” Take risks as you hear our words and as you consider their meanings and applications. My hope is that the work our research collective did might inspire similar work but also critical dialogue around not only race and education, but also research and the process of empowerment.