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Research with children: challenges and dilemmas as an insider researcher

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This paper explores the challenges and dilemmas raised by my own experience of researching an immigrant Korean child at an ethnic Sunday School where I taught. I review the ethical and methodological challenges raised in my interactions with the child as an insider researcher from the ways I approached consent forms through to interview reciprocity. Based on my own reflexivity as a researcher, I argue that an insider research can be further defined by the characteristics and personalities of the researcher and the type of researching being undertaken. The focus of this paper is on my being an insider researcher. However, due to the ethical and methodological dilemmas raised by each extreme I also reconsider my position and the possibility of my being both a partial insider and outsider.

Keywords: ethnics in research with children; insider researcher; methodological issues; research with children

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2011.555818

Affiliations: Department of Education,University of Leeds, Leeds,LS2 9JT, UK

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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