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

Sue 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-62
Number of pages15
JournalQualitative Research Journal
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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