Best foot forward, watching your step, jumping in with both feet, or sticking your foot in it? The politics of researching academic viewpoints

Saltmarsh, Sue and Sutherland-Smith, Wendy and Randell-Moon, Holly (2011) Best foot forward, watching your step, jumping in with both feet, or sticking your foot in it? The politics of researching academic viewpoints. Qualitative Research Journal, 11 (2). pp. 48-62. ISSN 1443-9883

Abstract

This article presents our experiences of conducting research interviews with Australian academics, in order to reflect on the politics of researcher and participant positionality. In particular, we are interested in the ways that academic networks, hierarchies and cultures, together with mobility in the higher education sector, contribute to a complex discursive terrain in which researchers and participants alike must maintain vigilance about where they ‘put their feet’ in research interviews. We consider the implications for higher education research, arguing that the positionality of researchers and participants pervades and exceeds these specialised research situations.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 07:45
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 23:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: qualitative research, interview, higher education, academics, research ethics, politics of research
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3316/QRJ1102048
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30213

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