The Business of Unfinished Business : Reflections on Co-construction of Meanings in Research Encounters

Märtsin, Mariann (2010) The Business of Unfinished Business : Reflections on Co-construction of Meanings in Research Encounters. In Salvatore, S., Valsiner, J., Travers Simon, J., & Gennaro, A. (Eds.) Yearbook of Idiographic Science, Volume 3. Firera & Liuzzo Publishing, Rome, Italy, pp. 277-284.

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My concern in this commentary is the discrepancy between cultural psychologists' theoretical claims that meanings are co-constructed by, with and for individuals in ongoing social interaction, and their research practices where researcher's and research participant's meaning-making processes are separated in time into sequential turns. I argue for the need to live up to these theoretical assumptions, by making both the initial research encounter and the researcher's later interpretation process more co-constructive. I suggest making the initial research encounter more co-constructive by paying attention to these moments when the negotiated flow of interaction between researcher and research participant breaks down, for it allows the research participant's meaning-making to be traced and makes the researcher's efforts towards meaning more explicit. I propose to make the later interpretation process more co-constructive by adopting a more open-ended and dialogical way of writing that is specifically addressed to research participants and invites them to actively engage with researcher's meaning-making.

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ID Code: 82203
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: meaning-making, research encounter, co-construction, respondent validation
ISBN: 9788865380390
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychological Methodology Design and Analysis (170110)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Firera & Liuzzo Publishing
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2015 22:41
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 15:15

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