Risks and dilemmas, virtues and vices: engaging with stakeholders and gatekeepers in Australian traveller education research

Danaher, P. A. and Danaher, Geoff and Moriarty, Beverley (2003) Risks and dilemmas, virtues and vices: engaging with stakeholders and gatekeepers in Australian traveller education research. In: Association for Active Educational Researchers Conference (NZARE/AARE 2003): Educational Research, Risks and Dilemmas, 29 Nov-3 Dec 2003, Auckland, New Zealand .

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Scott and Usher (1999, pp. 129-134) have postulated three possible models of analysing the rights and responsibilities of researchers and researched: covert research; open democratic research; and open autocratic research. While we eschew characterising our research as 'covert', we are less definitive about whether and how it is 'democratic' and/or 'autocratic'. Partly this dilemma derives from uncertainties involved in identifying stakeholders with 'legitimate' involvement in the conduct and outcomes of a research project. Partly this dilemma also reflects the risks attendant on stakeholders becoming gatekeepers, and/or when stakeholders' expectations of the project diverge.
We illustrate these risks and dilemmas by reference to an ongoing research project investigating the educational experiences and opportunities of Australian occupational Travellers – specifically, itinerant circus and fairground people. This critically reflexive illustration is informed by our deployment of selected elements of Pring's (2002) provocative delineation of the 'virtues' and 'vices' of educational researchers. We argue that Pring's depiction of 'the virtuous research community' (pp. 125-126), augmented by the principles of co-operative communities, provides a more contingent and nuanced basis than Scott and Usher’s (1999) 'democratic' versus 'autocratic' research for engaging with the multiple and sometimes conflicting interests of stakeholders and gatekeepers in Australian Traveller education research.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2010 11:18
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2013 06:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: education research; show people; traveller education; research ethics
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: 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/7176

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