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Discourse Analysis/Critical Discourse Analysis

Discourse Analysis/Critical Discourse Analysis
Christoph A. Hafner

This chapter considers how discourse analysis, that is, the study of language in use and associated social practices, can be used as an analytical tool in education research. First, we need to consider the question of why education researchers might use discourse analysis in this way. We will examine an example analysis below, which illustrates not only why, but also how discourse analysis can be used. Second, we will discuss relevant theoretical concepts: those of discourse, discourse analysis, and critical discourse analysis. Finally, we will address more practical questions: what methods and techniques might one employ in order to ‘do’ a discourse analysis? Throughout the chapter, examples of existing ...

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