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Method as a journey: A narrative dialogic partnership illuminating decision-making in qualitative educational research

Netolicky, D.M. and Barnes, N. (2017) Method as a journey: A narrative dialogic partnership illuminating decision-making in qualitative educational research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 41 (5). pp. 500-513.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2017.1295938
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Abstract

Qualitative education research is an inherently complex landscape, presenting the qualitative researcher with constant ethical and reasoned decision-making. Presented as a narrative dialogic, this paper traces and juxtaposes the method stories of two qualitative researchers who focused their work around education phenomena, but in different contexts and in different ways. One researcher’s narrative study of phenomena via interviews is juxtaposed with the other’s phenomenographical investigation utilizing Facebook status updates. Seeing researcher thinking side-by-side provides a comparison that teases out the ways in which researchers might consciously grapple with thinking around method. These twin method stories offer ways for other qualitative researchers to think about their own decision-making as they address the challenges of balancing subjectivity and rigour, authenticity of reported data, and protection of participants. This dialogic partnership points to the malleability of method. It also encourages further exploration of the complexities of qualitative education research in which the researcher is often insider–outsider or outsider–insider.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2017 Informa UK Limited
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/36116
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