Hierarchical qualitative research teams: refining the methodology

TitleHierarchical qualitative research teams: refining the methodology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsRogers-Dillon, RH
JournalQualitative Research
Volume5
Issue4
Pagination437-54
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1468-7941
Accession Number06f0506y-192
KeywordsCultural Ethnography , ethics , Hierarchies , Methods in social sciences , Poverty
AbstractThe article discusses some of the ethical issues raided in qualitative research efforts with hierarchical research teams have emerged. The model of lead researchers and a group of lower status research assistants common in the natural sciences and in quantitative research, however, does not neatly fit the realities of qualitative research. As feminist and other researchers have argued,research is not simply experts’ objective discoveries of pre-existing truths. Knowledge is produced within social contexts that include power dynamics and ethical issues. In qualitative research teams these issues are particularly salient. A model of qualitative team research must be developed that takes into consideration the unique aspects of the methodology.
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