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ERIC Number: ED231771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-25
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Role Dilemmas of the Professional Educator as Researcher: Blessing or Curse?
Waggoner, Edward F.
The positive and negative experiences a professional educator had in in the role of researcher are used to discuss several dilemmas that this dual role brings: presentation of self; preparation and conduct of the study; reciprocity for subjects; presentation of findings; researcher bias; and anticipation of concern. Several conclusions drawn were: (1) To most district administrators and elementary principals, acceptance of the research and/or research project was not based on whether or not the researcher was an educator; (2) Most district administrators felt that, whether the researcher worked for the district or came from outside, the researcher's background would not change their acceptance of him; (3) To district administrators, it did not make a difference whether the researcher was an administrator or teacher; (4) The researcher's personal appearance was important in giving an initial positive impression; and (5) The question of reciprocity appeared to loom largest in negotiating with teachers. Other items also discussed included: principals' concerns about the research, researcher credibility, and characteristics of the ideal researcher. (JMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ethnography in Education Research Forum (4th, Philadelphia, PA, March 25-27, 1983).