Dear diary: Early career geographers collectively reflect on their qualitative field research experiences

Elizabeth Heller, Julia Christensen, Lindsay Long, Catrina A. Mackenzie, Philip M. Osano, Britta Ricker, Emily Kagan, Sarah Turner

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Abstract

After completing a qualitative methods course in geography, we moved classroom discussions into practice. While undertaking graduate fieldwork in sites across the globe, we participated in critical, reflexive journaling. Whereas journal writing is often private, we shared our entries, aiming to facilitate rigour while concurrently exploring similarities and differences. We became conscious of common themes including ethical dilemmas, power relations and researcher fatigue. In this paper, we critically analyse these experiences, examining the strategies implemented to resolve such predicaments. We argue that reflexive group journaling during fieldwork is a valuable learning tool which could be introduced into many research-active curricula.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Fieldwork
  • Gatekeepers
  • Journal writing
  • Researcher fatigue
  • Student voice

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