ERIC Number: ED478456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-25
How I See It: Negotiating Researcher Power on the Structures of Experience.
Linhart, Terence D.
This paper discusses the power that qualitative researchers can hold in how participants perceive, structure, and interpret experiences, particularly through interviews. Examples from a pilot study illustrate how the author influenced participants' views, interpretations, and constructions of the text of the interviews. This paper also presents a research approach that emerged out of a second study in which the interviewer attempted to negotiate influence on how participants reported what was significant. The strategy of giving each participant a microcassette recorder and a disposable camera to depict the essence of their experiences produced a greater understanding of the curricular nature of short-term, cross-cultural service projects than the traditional research methods of the first study. (Contains 67 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (84th, Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).