“Arguably, in qualitative educational research, we, as researchers, sometimes underestimate our power and can be guilty of underestimating the power of our participants too and the rich data they provide. This is why I believe that these power relations should be clearly and unequivocally stated and them embraced as part of the research process where this honesty and clarity will then leave the readers in the full picture, and allow them to conclude themselves as to the research’s integrity.”
In a great blog post from which the above extract was taken, a fellow qualitative researcher discusses the place of a researcher in qualitative research and power relationships between him/her and his/her participants. Do we, researchers, influence the research situation? If so, what should we do about it?
READ THE FULL ARTICLE to find out answers to these, and other questions.