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A methodological story, or how I planned to create a (metaphorical) chest of drawers and ended up with a bedside table

Author - Susan O'Shaughnessy



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This paper sets out the story of a research project that culminated in a thesis submitted to the University of Sheffield for the award of Doctor of Education (EdD). Its purpose is to examine the process of research over the almost three year period of the project and explore the methodological challenges that were confronted and that shaped the project as it evolved. It discusses how the choice of a theoretical framework using several of Bourdieu's key concepts affected the research and the methodology that was used and examines the reflexivity that is required to counteract the negative aspects of insider research in a higher education institution. The use of life history interviews and case studies is also explored.



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