ERIC Number: ED231771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-25
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)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Characteristics, Principals, Research Methodology, Role Conflict, Role Perception, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: 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).