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ERIC Number: EJ815397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
Getting Emotional over Class Concerns: Reflecting on Fieldwork and the Pursuit of Ethical Practice by a Fledgling School Ethnographer
Smith, Jeffrey
Ethnography and Education, v2 n2 p159-174 Jun 2007
This paper reflexively explores an initiatory period of ethnographic fieldwork undertaken in a UK secondary school by a first-time researcher. Concern is expressed over the tendency to memorialise early encounters, the impression being given that reflexive accounts should be "saved" for later in the academic career, when previously suppressed emotions can be safely introduced to signal analytical sophistication and candour. Building on existing scholarship that seeks to offer a counter-narrative to this trend, the paper contributes further to this debate by interrogating the relationship between the research process and the biographical self, informed by a feminist epistemology stressing the usefulness of emotionality as a research tool. Fieldwork ethics are touched upon, and the paper concludes by querying attempts to formalise a method based in intersubjectivity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom