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posted on 24.01.2022, 14:08 by Kieran Hodgkin, Scott Fleming, Gary Beauchamp, Anna Bryant
This paper provides an insight into the challenges associated with conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a primary school and a secondary school in south Wales. Drawing on personal reflections and experiences, it provides an account of the lessons learnt. Themes include gaining access, role selection, establishing trust, developing relationships and role conflict. More specifically, the differences associated with conducting research in a primary and secondary school are identified, whilst highlighting the fragile nature of pupil-centred research.

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Published in

Wales Journal of Education

Publisher

University of Wales Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Hodgkin, K., Fleming, S., Beauchamp, G. and Bryant, A. (2017) ''We thought you were undercover, here to inspect us' – Some of the Challenges of Ethnographic Fieldwork in Schools', Wales Journal of Education, 18(2), pp.105-119

Print ISSN

2059-3708

Electronic ISSN

2059-3716

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

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© The Authors

Language

en