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It's a question of trust: balancing the relationship between students and teachers in ethnographic fieldwork

Russell, Lisa (2005) It's a question of trust: balancing the relationship between students and teachers in ethnographic fieldwork. Qualitative Research, 5 (2). pp. 181-199. ISSN 1468-7941

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Abstract

The experiences encountered as a young, novice, female, white, northern English ethnographer investigating the sensitive topic of student resistance are examined. Research was conducted in two comprehensive secondary schools in Birmingham (England) and a state governed school situated in Sydney (Australia). The implications of investigating student resistance and the importance of how the researchers’ personal dispositions influence the research process are discussed. The significance of the role the researcher adopts in the school and how this impacts upon how the researcher experiences leaving the field are examined. The predicaments an ethnographer can find themselves in when trying to balance the trust relationship between students and teachers are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 08:53
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 11:59
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8676

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