Navigating the terrain of methodological uncertainties to new spaces of research

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Salton, Yvonne. 2016. "Navigating the terrain of methodological uncertainties to new spaces of research." Rossi, Dolene, Gacenga, Francis and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Navigating the education research maze: contextual, conceptual, methodological and transformational challenges and opportunities for researchers. Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 67-78
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Navigating the terrain of methodological uncertainties to new spaces of research

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleNavigating the education research maze: contextual, conceptual, methodological and transformational challenges and opportunities for researchers
Authors
AuthorSalton, Yvonne
EditorsRossi, Dolene, Gacenga, Francis and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range67-78
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Education Research Methods
Chapter Number4
Number of Pages12
Year2016
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISBN9783319398525
9783319398532
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39853-2_4
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-39853-2_4
Abstract

A central aspect of research, is the researcher’s philosophical perspective which influences methodological choices. This chapter captures my emerging philosophical perspective and the methodological challenges faced during confirmation of my PhD. One challenge, was when the methodological choice of hermeneutic phenomenology was questioned by my confirmation panel against my research philosophical perspective underpinned by Foucault (1991) and Derrida (1999). This led to uncertainties in the choice of methodology in relation to my perspective. The need to respond to these concerns moved me to re-conceptualise self in research. My developing philosophical perspective emerges through this chapter as a journey through the research maze, and captures the new spaces of research that methodological uncertainties led me to. This chapter takes the reader through my navigation of the research maze, and introduces them to a range of lessons that I learnt. These lessons provide direction and insight for other PhD students of the potential dilemmas faced when attempting to unravel the complexities inherent in methodology, to find their own space of research.

Keywordsresearcher self; methodology; philosophical perspectives
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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