|Hot off the press! Introduction to my new book on Qualitative Research. Tell me what you think!|
I'm one of three founding editors of the journal, published by Taylor & Francis:
If you'd like to learn more about my work you may find the following in your library:
Packer, M. J. (2011). The Science of Qualitative Research. Cambridge University Press
Packer M. J. & Tappan, M. B. (Eds.). (2001). Cultural and critical perspectives on developmental psychology: Implications for research, theory and practice. SUNY Press, 2001.
Packer, M. J. (2000). Changing classes: School reform and the new economy. Cambridge University Press. (Published in the series 'Learning in Doing.')
"Changing Classes is a must read. Packer gives a highly sensitive, compelling, interesting, and creative account of what happens to individuals, schools, and community life as a result of powerful economic and political forces." Contemporary Psychology
"Changing Classes is humane, straightforward, and accessible. It is also important, but perhaps not mainly for the reasons that one might infer from its title... It should also be read by those concerned with developing new genres of educational research representation that are simultaneously accessible to a range of readers and more respectful of the research subjects." Mind, Culture, and Activity
"The book is a timely resource for policymakers and researchers, and a challenge for reformers who think in abstractions and not through the lens of a single community struggling to do well for its children." Review of Policy Research
"Changing Classes offers a valuable, detailed description and analysis of educational reform in a Michigan (USA) school district. Packer's special contribution, in my view, is that unlike a good deal of writing about educational reform, he is able to work across and back and forth within multiple points on the educational field of action." Journal of Curriculum Studies
Packer, M. J. (Guest Editor, Annual Edition 2000). Special Issue: Hermeneutic Research on Psychotherapy. Methods: A Journal For Human Science.
Packer, M. J., & Tappan, M. B. (Eds.) (1991). Narrative and Storytelling: Implications for Understanding Moral Development.New Directions for Child Development, #54
Packer, M. J., & Addison, R. B. (Eds.). (1989). Entering the circle: Hermeneutic investigation in psychology. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Packer, M. J. (1985). The structure of moral action: A hermeneutic study of moral conflict. Contributions to Human Development,whole number 13. Basel: Karger.
These recent publications may be of interest:
The Problem of Transfer, and the Sociocultural Critique of Schooling. (2001). The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 10 (4), 493-514.
Packer & Goicoechea. (2000). Sociocultural and Constructivist Theories of Learning: Ontology, not just Epistemology. Educational Psychologist.
"The work of Packer and Goicoechea (2000) has reintroduced ontology as a meaningful topic in research on learning and development..." (Sicilia, M.-Á. & Lytras, M.D. 2005. ‘On the representation of change according to different ontologies of learning’, Int. J. Learning and Change, 1 (1), pp.66–79.
"To sort out the differences that currently divide us, we must find ways to be more articulate about our starting premises. In so doing, we can aspire to bring new clarity to our discussions concerning the foundations that shape our field. Articles such as the one offered by Packer and Goicoechia are invaluable for stimulating precisely this kind of conversation." (Koschmann, address to the annual meeting of the Learning Society)
And here are some recently presented papers:
Is there a Vygotskian psychology after Marx? Paper presented in the session, Is Vygotsky relevant today? Educational research with a socio-political commitment, at the AERA annual meeting, San Francisco, 2006.
Changing Classes: Postfordism and Quality Control in a Michigan School District. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, April 2001.
An interpretive methodology applied to existential psychotherapy. (Bortle, Goldman, Harper, Hwang & Packer) Paper presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) annual meeting, Washington, DC, August 2000.
School and Ontological Change. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association annual meetings, Chicago, 1999.The Ontology of Learning. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meetings, Montreal, 1999, in session 15.57, Schooling as Becoming a Self: Bakhtinian Perspectives.
Comments on Interpretive Research. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meetings, Montreal, 1999, in session 17.26, Islands of Truth and Wisdom: How Many Epistemologies Do We Need?
School and the 'production of persons' in a community in transition. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meetings, San Francisco, 1995.
'Local ontology' - cultural work in the classroom. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meetings, San Francisco, 1995.
The logic of interpretive inquiry. Paper for the session 'Toward a cultural psychology of development - Methodological matters,' presented at the Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, Indianapolis, 1995.
Methodological worldviews as influential in the study of morality: The cases of hermeneutics and objectivism. Presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Moral Education, Tallahassee, November, 1993.
Meaning and value in the cultural work of children's play. Paper presented at the annual symposium of the Jean Piaget Society, Philadelphia, June 1993.
Quick links to some course materials:
Psych 225 - Developmental Psychology 1 syllabus, notes, overheads, links, etc...
Psych 624 - Experimental & Statistical Research Methods syllabus, links, materials
Psych 598 - Language Acquisition syllabus, links, handouts
Psych 611 - Advanced Research syllabus
Psych 683 - Theories of Development syllabus