Constructing a western researcher's identity and professional integrity in difference: restorying the encountered 'exceptional' as an act of locating possible worlds

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Young, Kathie. 2010. "Constructing a western researcher's identity and professional integrity in difference: restorying the encountered 'exceptional' as an act of locating possible worlds." Jeffery, Peter L. (ed.) AARE 2009: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2009: Inspiring Innovative Research in Education. Canberra, Australia 29 Nov - 03 Dec 2009 Fremantle, Australia.
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Constructing a western researcher's identity and professional integrity in difference: restorying the encountered 'exceptional' as an act of locating possible worlds

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AuthorYoung, Kathie
EditorsJeffery, Peter L.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the AARE Conference 2009: Inspiring Innovative Research in Education
Year2010
Place of PublicationFremantle, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aare.edu.au/09pap/you091605.pdf
Conference/EventAARE 2009: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2009: Inspiring Innovative Research in Education
Event Details
AARE 2009: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2009: Inspiring Innovative Research in Education
Event Date
29 Nov 2009 to end of 03 Dec 2009
Event Location
Canberra, Australia
Abstract

This autobiographical narrative relates to an ongoing process of 'becoming' a western researcher in non-western contexts. There is an inherent tension between the existing and western introduced paradigm shifts that function to contain ways in which I, as the researcher, could develop faith and trust in myself, in order to insert a more generative and generous local voice into the practice of education.
The paper charts a narrative of my experience as I expose my subsequent feelings of uncertainty and doubt through reflecting on processes I engaged in from the time I began my doctoral research process to my current interest in diverse research contexts in the South Pacific and Asia. It introduces influential colleagues, human relationships, critical incidents and events that were crucial to my 'becoming' a researcher. It also describes those generative and creative times when I was able to voyage in, exoticise the domestic and challenge the essentialised discourse I had taken up and subsequently used to guide my initial reflections on the process and product of my research in those cultural contexts (White, 1992).
Ultimately then, through narrative, this paper is about being and 'becoming' a western educational researcher in contexts where it is necessary to continually locate a space to withdraw and observe, while remaining involved but detached, in order to make visible those conditions that continue to construct subjectivity and guide beliefs and practices.

Keywordsidentity, difference,professional integrity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
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