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“We thought you were undercover, here to inspect us” – Some of the challenges of ethnographic fieldwork in schools

Hodgkin, K. and Fleming, S. and Beauchamp, G. and Bryant, A. (2016) “We thought you were undercover, here to inspect us” – Some of the challenges of ethnographic fieldwork in schools. Wales Journal of Education, 18 (2). pp. 105-119. ISSN 2059-3708

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.16922/wje.18.2.8

Abstract

This paper provides an insight into the challenges associated with conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a primary school and a secondary school in South Wales. Drawing on personal reflections and experiences, it provides an account of the lessons learnt. Themes include gaining access, role selection, establishing trust, developing relationships and role conflict. More specifically, the differences associated with conducting research in a primary and secondary school are identified, whilst highlighting the fragile nature of pupil-centred research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 University of Wales Press. Published under a CC BY-NC-ND licence.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fieldwork, Researcher roles, Ethnography, School-based research, Pupil-centred research
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Scott Fleming
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 15:45
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 01:02
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/301

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