Best foot forward, watching your step, jumping in with both feet, or sticking your foot in it?: The politics of researching academic viewpoints

Sue Okerson SALTMARSH, Wendy SUTHERLAND-SMITH, Holly RANDELL-MOON

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Abstract

This article presents our experiences of conducting research interviews with Australian academics, in order to reflect on the politics of researcher and participant positionality. In particular, we are interested in the ways that academic networks, hierarchies and cultures, together with mobility in the higher education sector, contribute to a complex discursive terrain in which researchers and participants alike must maintain vigilance about where they ‘put their feet’ in research interviews. We consider the implications for higher education research, arguing that the positionality of researchers and participants pervades and exceeds these specialised research situations. Copyright © 2011 RMIT Publishing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-62
JournalQualitative Research Journal
Volume11
Issue number2
Early online dateAug 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Citation

Saltmarsh, S., Sutherland-Smith, W., & Randell-Moon, H. (2011). Best foot forward, watching your step, jumping in with both feet, or sticking your foot in it?: The politics of researching academic viewpoints. Qualitative Research Journal, 11(2), 48-62. doi: 10.3316/QRJ1102048

Keywords

  • Qualitative research
  • Interview
  • Higher education
  • Academics
  • Research ethics
  • Politics of research

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