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Negotiating discursive positions within a police culture: critical reflections of a student researcher

Ryan, Cheryl 2009, Negotiating discursive positions within a police culture: critical reflections of a student researcher, in HERDSA 2009 : Higher education in a changing world : Proceeding of the 32nd annual international HERDSA Conference 2009 : The student experience, HERDSA, Milperra, NSW, pp. 1-11.

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Title Negotiating discursive positions within a police culture: critical reflections of a student researcher
Author(s) Ryan, Cheryl
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (32nd : 2009 : Darwin, NT)
Conference location Darwin, NT
Conference dates 6-9 Jul. 2009
Title of proceedings HERDSA 2009 : Higher education in a changing world : Proceeding of the 32nd annual international HERDSA Conference 2009 : The student experience
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher HERDSA
Place of publication Milperra, NSW
Keyword(s) D/discourses
identity
outsider-insider
critical reflection
Summary I traverse a number of identity boundaries every day within a work context. This paper discusses the blurred boundary of two identities - (1) a part-time PhD student undertaking a cross-jurisdictional study of police training and education and (2) a full-time, ‘unsworn’ employee advising on education and training at a police academy. Study and work are concurrent. I describe myself as a token insider – different, partly accepted, yet tolerated, or alternatively as an outsider-insider. It is taxing to maintain an outsider’s standpoint in a police organisation. My role regularly places me in a position of challenging the dominant ideology, D/discourse (words, beliefs, thinking styles) and subcultures whilst experiencing the imposition of power by the dominant to accept the status quo. Frustration combined with a desire to name and reframe everyday experiences has led me to engage in critical reflection, enlist a critical friend, and undertake doctoral research. As an outsider- nsider, critical reflection is a tool that enables me to negotiate discursive positions by questioning my engagement and subject position within and against the taken-for-granted and unquestioned dominant D/discourses.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064545

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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