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ERIC Number: EJ979580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
"Just Open Your Eyes a Bit More": The Methodological Challenges of Researching Black and Minority Ethnic Students' Experiences of Physical Education Teacher Education
Flintoff, Anne; Webb, Louisa
Sport, Education and Society, v17 n5 p571-589 2012
In this paper we discuss some of the challenges of centralising "race" and ethnicity in Physical Education (PE) research, through reflecting on the design and implementation of a study exploring Black and minority ethnic students' experiences of their teacher education. Our aim in the paper is to contribute to ongoing theoretical and methodological debates about intersectionality, and specifically about difference and power in the research process. As McCorkel and Myers notes, the "researchers" backstage'--the assumptions, motivations, narratives and relations--that underpin any research are not always made visible and yet are highly significant in judging the quality and substance of the resulting project. As feminists, we argue that the invisibility of "race" and ethnicity within Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), and PE research more widely, is untenable; however, we also show how centralising "race" and ethnicity raised significant methodological and epistemological questions, particularly given our position as White researchers and lecturers. In this paper, we reflect on a number of aspects of our research "journey": the theoretical and methodological challenges of operationalising concepts of "race" and ethnicity, the practical issues and dilemmas involved in recruiting participants for the study, the difficulties of "talking race" personally and professionally and challenges of representing the experiences of "others". (Contains 1 table and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom