Constructing a western researcher's identity and professional integrity in difference: restorying the encountered 'exceptional' as an act of locating possible worlds

Young, Kathie (2010) Constructing a western researcher's identity and professional integrity in difference: restorying the encountered 'exceptional' as an act of locating possible worlds. In: AARE 2009: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2009: Inspiring Innovative Research in Education, 29 Nov-3 Dec 2009, Canberra, Australia.

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Abstract

This autobiographical narrative relates to an ongoing process of 'becoming' a western researcher in non-western contexts. There is an inherent tension between the existing and western introduced paradigm shifts that function to contain ways in which I, as the researcher, could develop faith and trust in myself, in order to insert a more generative and generous local voice into the practice of education. The paper charts a narrative of my experience as I expose my subsequent feelings of uncertainty and doubt through reflecting on processes I engaged in from the time I began my doctoral research process to my current interest in diverse research contexts in the South Pacific and Asia. It introduces influential colleagues, human relationships, critical incidents and events that were crucial to my 'becoming' a researcher. It also describes those generative and creative times when I was able to voyage in, exoticise the domestic and challenge the essentialised discourse I had taken up and subsequently used to guide my initial reflections on the process and product of my research in those cultural contexts (White, 1992). Ultimately then, through narrative, this paper is about being and 'becoming' a western educational researcher in contexts where it is necessary to continually locate a space to withdraw and observe, while remaining involved but detached, in order to make visible those conditions that continue to construct subjectivity and guide beliefs and practices.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper is copyright © by the individual author or authors and may not be reproduced without permission of the author or authors.
Depositing User: Dr Kathryn Young
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 11:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity, difference,professional integrity
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7234

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