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ERIC Number: EJ1024839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Theory Ain't Practice: Four Novice Researchers Navigate Dilemmas of Representation within Immigrant Populations
Aleixo, Marina; Hansen, Sarah; Horii, Sachiko; Un, Silvy
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v8 n1 p32-43 2014
This article illuminates instances in which four graduate students have struggled with issues of representation--of themselves and of immigrant participants--at their research sites and in their writing. These dilemmas are situated within the literature on the politics of representation in qualitative research. Although these dilemmas are not unique to novice researchers, how graduate students experience and work through the ethical grey spaces of ethnographic research is impacted by their status as emerging researchers--that is, as ethnographers transitioning from research in "theory" (idealism) to research in "practice" (reality). Although this paper does not offer hard and fast solutions to these dilemmas, it points to ways in which novice researchers may benefit from mentors when participating in reflexive communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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