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Dr. Valerie Janesick


Valerie J. Janesick (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa.  She teaches classes in Qualitative Research Methods, Curriculum Theory and Inquiry, Foundations of Curriculum, Issues in Curriculum, Ethics and Educational Leadership.   Her text, Stretching Exercises for Qualitative Researchers 3rdd Ed.  Sage Publications, includes ways to integrate the arts in qualitative research projects.  
Her writings have been published in Curriculum Inquiry, Qualitative Inquiry, Anthropology and Education Quarterly and other major journals.  Her chapters in the Handbook of Qualitative Research 1st edition and 2nd editions use Dance and the Arts as a metaphor for understanding research. She is completing oral history interviews of female school superintendents as part of a larger project on women leaders. Her recent chapter, Teaching Critical Pedagogy through poetry and the pedagogical letter, can be found in Brock, R.  Mallot, C. & L. Villaverde. (Eds)  Teaching Joe Kincheloe.  Her latest book is Oral History for the Qualtiative Researcher:  Choreographing the Story, Guilford Press (2010). She won the 2012 Outstanding Contributions to the Qualitative Research AERA SIG Award. 

She serves on the Editorial Boards of Educational Researcher, The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy and The Qualitative Report.   She is currently taking classes in Yoga and Meditation. Her most prized possession is her British Library Reader’s Card as she is working on an archival project on the letters of John Dewey written to educators around the world. 

Find her blog on Critical Pedagogy and poetry at:

Website in progress:

View the TOC and chapters of recent editions of Dr. Janesick's books.

"Stretching" Exercises for Qualitative Researchers, Third Edition

Book Signing January 2012, with Laura Patron, Managing Editor of the journal The Qualitative Report


Oral History for the Qualitative Researcher, Choreographing the Story


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