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ERIC Number: EJ1137416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
How the I Shapes the Eye: The Imperative of Reflexivity in Global Service-Learning Qualitative Research
Morrison, Emily
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v22 n1 p52-66 Fall 2015
While literature on research methods abounds, little attention has been given to understanding how qualitative researchers and their approaches to research (i.e., the researcher's stance) shape what we know about global service-learning (GSL) and how we come to know what we know about GSL. Researchers often uncritically adopt a particular research method without understanding its theoretical underpinnings and assumptions (Mauthner & Doucet, 2003). This is problematic when we consider how communities, learning, resources, and knowledge may be affected by the processes and outcomes of our inquiries, especially when working across cultures. This article explores how GSL qualitative researchers affect the knowledge creation process by examining approaches to ethical research, exploring a reflexive account of the enactive approach to a GSL qualitative research project in Pakistan, and discussing the elements, implications, and limitations of reflexivity.
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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