ERIC Number: EJ800359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
A Portrait of the Researcher as a Boundary Crosser
Vakkayil, Jacob D.
Journal of Research Practice, v3 n3 article M11 2007
This article traces the roots of the author's doctoral work to his pre-doctoral experiences in varied spheres of practice. The research choices made are thus inevitably influenced by these experiences. These include the selection of an interdisciplinary domain to locate his doctoral work, the choice of a "boundary object" as the unit of analysis, and the formulation of a methodological mix that reflected the multidimensionality of the research topic. These choices also reflect the researcher's quest for personal meaningfulness and consequently, a certain degree of irrationality that is characteristic of any human endeavor. The author explores the idea of creative research as negotiating the boundary of acceptability and highlights the importance of freedom and tolerance for experimentation to aid this enterprise.
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Researchers, Experimenter Characteristics, Research Methodology, Phenomenology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation Research, Research Skills, Cultural Relevance, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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