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, 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 review journal, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 48-62.

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Title Best foot forward, watching your step, jumping in with both feet, or sticking your foot in it? - the politics of researching academic viewpoints
Author(s) Saltmarsh, Sue
Sutherland-Smith, Wendy
Randell-Moon, Holly
Journal name Qualitative review journal
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 48
End page 62
Total pages 15
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1443-9883
Keyword(s) Qualitative research
Politics of research
Research ethics
Academics
Higher education
Interview
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048856

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