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Dilemmas and deliberations in reflexive ethnographic research

Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
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This paper traces insights into the challenges and dilemmas experienced whilst researching students' interpretations and understandings of the Behaviour Management in Schools policy in Western Australia. Journal records, supported by student transcripts, are woven together in a reflexive ethnographic journey – from the beginning phase of searching formal approval; gaining access to the participants; and finally the challenge of ‘letting go’ of student voices. It is the reflexive process itself that illustrates and provides understanding, thereby creating spaces to not only confront but also work through to resolve research dilemmas. The aim of this paper, therefore, is to provide experiential insight and understanding of ethical deliberations when engaging in reflexivity that allow one to move forward in this form of research.

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