ERIC Number: EJ1080159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Researching School Choice in Regional Australia: What Can This Tell Us about the Ethnographic Imaginary?
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v29 n1 p29-43 2016
This is an exploration of methodological debates related to ethnographic research. Reflection on conducting research on school choice in an Australian regional centre is the beginning point for a discussion of what Appadurai describes as a dialectical relationship between the neighbourhood and its capacity to exist and reshape itself in relation to outside forces. The place of the researcher is considered in relation to a regional context and the possibility that within such a context, the urban researcher could be a "stranger". The notion of the "strange" researcher is used to explore belonging and through it, geographic imaginaries of regionality. The case is made that the production of locality in this region contributed to a researcher "lock out" because local knowledge about school choice was being unsettled. The paper takes up the question of how research in a region can contribute to understandings of ethnographic research as unbounded.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Choice, Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Ethnography, Geographic Regions, Research Methodology, Neighborhoods, Sense of Community, Proximity, Interviews, Cultural Awareness, Research Problems, Decision Making, Parents
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia