Rethinking Qualitative Research: Research Participants as Central Researchers and Enacting Ethical Practices as Habitus

  • Rowhea Elmesky Washington University in St. Louis
Keywords: qualitative research, ethical expertise, student researchers, marginalized populations, habitus

Abstract

This article suggests that qualitative research group dynamics shape university re­searchers' capacities for expertly enacting ethical practices. Specifically, I assert that when research participants become the researchers, both univer­sity-based and community-based members of the research group have opportunities to deeply experi­ence each other's life worlds. By spending time to­gether as researchers, we can then develop ethical expertise that is fluid, unconscious, and implicitly appropriate for the community in which the re­search is being conducted. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503367

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Author Biography

Rowhea Elmesky, Washington University in St. Louis
Rowhea ELMESKY is an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Her main contributions to the science education field have been developing macro, meso, and micro level understandings regarding the ways in which resources and schema from social fields outside of the classroom shape what occurs within and the identification of students' cultural capital. Her recent publications include a co-edited book, Improving Urban Science Education: New roles for teachers, students and researchers (with KENNETH TOBIN and GAIL SEILER, 2005).
Published
2005-09-30
How to Cite
Elmesky, R. (2005). Rethinking Qualitative Research: Research Participants as Central Researchers and Enacting Ethical Practices as Habitus. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.32
Section
FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics