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Research collaboration: Relationships and praxis

Ritchie, Stephen M. (Ed.) (2007) Research collaboration: Relationships and praxis. Bold Visions in Educational Research, 19. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

This edited volume follows up the multiple case study research into educational researchers' collaborative research practices and relationships by the editor (Ritchie & Rigano, 2007). This research highlighted how solidarity emerged from successful interactions between interdependent members of collaborative research teams, and these were both professionally and personally rewarding for individuals and the teams. As well, Ritchie and Rigano identified the opportunities for solidarity afforded to researchers from vertical collaborations (i.e. collaborations involving differential status between team members) that featured evolving and transforming mentoring relationships through the history of the research projects. The study proposed that: • solidarity can be stratified within large research teams through sub-units like dyads, and • collaborating researchers might benefit from reviewing case studies of collaborative relationships, and engaging in mutual interrogation and subsequent individual reflections of their articulated collaborative practices and relationships. This research will be featured as one of the introductory chapters in the proposed edited book.

Most of the other chapters will extend this research in different contexts by featuring case studies of research teams that turn the camera on themselves, so to speak, to analyze their collaborative research praxis and relationships. These studies will include research collaborations of either large or small teams in either horizontal (same status) or vertical relationships. Collaborative research relationships between university-based researchers, university- and school-based researchers, and even between students-as-researchers will be explored. While the central theme of the book will be to investigate the various manifestations of solidarity (and emotional energy) in the research teams, the following issues also will be addressed: • gender • status • power • cultural background • language • distance –physical separation • ethics • academic writing • research and communication technologies • contradiction|resistance • trust

A range of research methods and reporting styles are expected. Autobiography; phenomenology; ethnography, including microanalysis of videotaped interactions and interview analysis; metalogue; and rhetoric should be prominent.

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ID Code: 14485
Item Type: Book
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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ISBN: 9789087901950
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Sense Publishers
Deposited On: 22 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 18:27

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