Positioning or positionality – which comes first?

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Chicken and egg

An EdD researcher examines her position and wonders: ‘how far back should I go?’

What has influenced me and given shape to my ideas, views and opinions?  How far into my past am I going to delve? Does my ancestry influence the me I am today? This feels very much like a chicken and egg question.

My family and upbringing are a major factor but not necessarily directly, one major influence was probably a need to rebel against a Methodist upbringing.How much influence on my position do I have? For instance my position is inevitably as a woman but is it influenced by the history I have lived through.

How far has my education influenced my perspective? My reading has been determined not only by the subjects I have studied but also the preferences of my teachers and the syllabus I have encountered.

How will my new role as a researcher influence my future position?  My role as teacher bring the issue of power relationships into focus, if I am to use my students as the subjects of my research I will need to recognize that my relationship with them will be in sharp focus and that I will need to be very clear about this in the planning of my study.

Examining positionality is going to involve a great deal of self examination and personal honesty, It’s going to be an interesting ride!

Reblogged from: http://marycryan2013.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/examining-my-position-2/

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