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Title: Dealing with Opposition: uncomfortable moments in research
Author: Costa, Estela
Kiss, Adel
Keywords: Elite interviews
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: European Educational Research Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, 2011, 242-251.
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to contribute to methodological discussions on elite interviewing. The point of departure is that elite interviewing constitutes/represents continuous challenges for researchers. This may be due to several reasons; one of these concerns the possible critical incidents that may occur in the course of the interview. The article applies a reflexive perspective, and so draws on two critical incidents of elite interviewing experienced in different research contexts. The theoretical assumptions reflect on the literature on the use of power and the changing power relations in the interview. Then, through thoughts on the dialogical nature of the interview, the article moves to practical reflections and approaches. Through the case analysis the article illuminates moments of difficulty in interviewing, and it calls attention to the necessity of deploying and employing possible strategies for the successful management of the interview. Finally the article not only presents the research and policy relation/constellation in a given context, but highlights the fact that reflexivity contributes to the accountability of the researcher and of the research.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 1474-9041
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