Doing research with teachers, parents and students : the ethics and politics of collaborative research

Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor 2004, Doing research with teachers, parents and students : the ethics and politics of collaborative research, in Strategic uncertainties : ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research, Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld., pp.89-101.

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Title Doing research with teachers, parents and students : the ethics and politics of collaborative research
Author(s) Mills, Carmen
Gale, Trevor
Title of book Strategic uncertainties : ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research
Editor(s) Coombs, Phyllida
Danaher, Mike
Danaher, Patrick Alan
Publication date 2004
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 14
Start page 89
End page 101
Total pages 13
Publisher Post Pressed
Place of Publication Flaxton, Qld.
Keyword(s) collaborative research
schooling
ethics
Summary Truly collaborative research partnerships between universities and schools are seldom commonplace (Potter, 2001). Many schools – particularly those in disadvantaged communities – have long histories of being involved in research yet few see themselves with real investment in, ownership of and/or benefiting from the experience. In this chapter we discuss research conceived with more mutually beneficial researcher-researched relations, cognisant of the ‘importance of respecting and ultimately giving more than we take to the communities we research’ (Schultz, 2001, p. 1). The research involved teachers’, parents’ and students’ engagement with schooling in a secondary school in regional Australia. Rather than conducting the research on others, we attempted to craft our project with them. Michelle Fine (1994) argues that a decision to work with those we once might have written about or for, necessarily changes our work, making it both more ethical and more explicitly connected to struggles for social justice. This chapter draws on the voices of the teachers, parents and students we worked with and alongside during the research to explore the ethics and politics of such an approach.
ISBN 1876682728
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2004, The Authors
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