Searching for gems in the mud: an example of critical reflection on research in education

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Midgley, Warren. 2008. "Searching for gems in the mud: an example of critical reflection on research in education." International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 4 (1), pp. 14-24.
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Searching for gems in the mud: an example of critical reflection on research in education

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AuthorMidgley, Warren
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Pedagogies and Learning
Journal Citation4 (1), pp. 14-24
Number of Pages11
Year2008
Place of PublicationMaleny, Qld, Australia
ISSN1833-4105
Web Address (URL)http://jpl.e-contentmanagement.com/archives/vol/4/issue/1/article/2804/searching-for-gems-in-the-mud
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This paper presents a critical autoethnographic reflection upon a study I conducted two years previously. The original study reports on research conducted in two classes at a Japanese university on the students’ attitudes towards different forms of addressing a foreign teacher in a conversational English class. The research incorporated a visualization exercise with a free writing response in an attempt to indirectly investigate student attitudes to various forms of address. The results were inconclusive with respect to the original research objectives, because none of the proposed forms of address were found to be universally acceptable in either class. A report on the research was written, but never published. Two years later, I reflexively interrogated the text of the original report in an attempt to explore the values and beliefs that influenced the design, implementation and reporting of the original research. Thus the original research report became the data for the current study. This paper demonstrates the process I undertook in critically reflecting upon my own research by presenting the original report (written two years ago), providing notes on my critical reflection upon that research, and then discussing the implications of this approach, highlighting the mutability of researcher values and beliefs.

Keywordscritical reflection; education research; forms of address; language teaching; autoethnography
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441006. Sociological methodology and research methods
390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
470212. Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
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