Doing research with teachers, parents and students: the ethics and politics of collaborative research

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Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor. 2004. "Doing research with teachers, parents and students: the ethics and politics of collaborative research." Coombes, Phyllida, Danaher, Mike and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Strategic uncertainties: ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research. Flaxton, Australia. Post Pressed. pp. 89-101
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Doing research with teachers, parents and students: the ethics and politics of collaborative research

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2978
Book TitleStrategic uncertainties: ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research
AuthorsMills, Carmen (Author) and Gale, Trevor (Author)
EditorsCoombes, Phyllida, Danaher, Mike and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range89-101
Chapter Number7
Number of Pages13
Year2004
PublisherPost Pressed
Place of PublicationFlaxton, Australia
ISBN1876682728
Web Address (URL)http://www.postpressed.com.au
Abstract

Truly collaborative research partnerships between universities and schools are seldom commonplace (Potter, 2001). Many schools – particularly those in disadvantaged communities – have long histories of being involved in research yet few see themselves with real investment in, ownership of and/or benefiting from the experience. In this chapter we discuss research conceived with more mutually beneficial researcher-researched relations, cognisant of the 'importance of respecting and ultimately giving more than we take to the communities we research' (Schultz, 2001, p. 1). The research involved teachers', parents' and students' engagement with schooling in a secondary school in regional Australia. Rather than conducting the research on others, we attempted to craft our project with them. Michelle Fine (1994) argues that a decision to work with those we once might have written about or for, necessarily changes our work, making it both more ethical and more explicitly connected to struggles for social justice. This chapter draws on the voices of the teachers, parents and students we worked with and alongside during the research to explore the ethics and politics of such an approach.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
500107. Professional ethics
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