Deconstructing Discourses of 'Good Research' and 'Good Researchers': Particular Paradoxes and their Conditional Conclusions

Danaher, P.A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2289-7774 (2019) Deconstructing Discourses of 'Good Research' and 'Good Researchers': Particular Paradoxes and their Conditional Conclusions. In: University of Southern Queensland 24th Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Group Research Symposium: Paradoxes of Research: The Contradictions, Conundrums and Celebrations, 15 Nov, 2019, Toowoomba, Australia.


Abstract

In this paper, paradoxes are conceptualised as disjunctures, divergences and apparent contradictions where two or more elements of a phenomenon are somewhat or completely out of alignment and ‘out of sync’. From this perspectives, paradoxes abound in contemporary research, thereby presenting researchers with potential conundrums needing to be resolved. At the same time, paradoxes can enact a beneficial function whereby discordant dimensions can result in productive effects for research projects.

This discussion focuses on deconstructing discourses associated with “good research” and “good researchers”. This deconstruction is illustrated by reference to three particular paradoxes. Firstly, research collaborations are lauded, yet researchers are often individually accountable for their outputs. Secondly, while researchers are appropriately explicitly responsible for the ethical conduct of their projects, research participants and stakeholders should be equally ethically accountable. Thirdly, facilitating evocative and poignant stories can constitute “good research”, but such research should also promote respectful listening to others’ stories.

Rather than advocating permanent resolutions of these and other research paradoxes and their deconstructed discourses, the author is comfortable with celebrations accruing from their conditional conclusions and their provisional resolutions. This position is perhaps another paradox attending “good research” and “good researchers”.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 00:18
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 03:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: collaborative research, education research, good research, good researchers, listening, research ethics, research paradoxes, researcher agency
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37467

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