The pressures of the political on rigorous and ethical research

Trimmer, Karen (2016) The pressures of the political on rigorous and ethical research. In: Political pressures on educational and social research: international perspectives. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 3-9. ISBN 978-1-138-94712-2

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This book will explore the impact of politics on the work of the researcher and evaluator. The introductory chapter provides an overview for the book commencing with an examination of definitions of key terminology and clarification of constructs. It then proceeds to discuss the ways in which politics may impinge upon research and evaluation work and leads the reader through the themes and issues developed in proceeding chapters that explore the impact of politics on the work of the researcher and evaluator in a the context of research internationally. When researchers and evaluators encounter political influence during the conduct of their work, it can create a source of tension for them. Political influence may be felt during the design stage in formulating questions and methodology, during the conduct of the research or evaluation, and during the concluding stages when reports are written and recommendations proposed. Researchers and evaluators are trained through study and practice to seek independent and ethical approaches to their work, so the intrusion of politics may pose problems. Many would argue that research and evaluation is inherently political; that research and evaluation processes involve politics at micro and institutional levels, in multiple ways, and at multiple points. This is because it engages complex social relations about rules and resources between various interest groups, all of whom have vested interests in the outcomes. These issues are global and this chapter reflects on commonalities arising internationally and compares positions and experiences of contributing authors from Europe, America and Asia, including Australia.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to Submitted version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2016 04:48
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 04:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: political pressures, politics, evaluation, power, evidence-based policy, research ethics, rigorous research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29488

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