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Navigating a Mirror Maze While Managing to Jump Ethics Hurdles

  • Kirsty Farrant
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Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 20)

Abstract

Being a classroom teacher and a middle leader in a school presents some challenges in terms of how to research ethically. This narrative describes the journey from practitioner to practitioner researcher, through the use of self-study as a research methdology. It provides a framework to support other practitioners wanting to make the same journey to practitioner researcher, and suggests ways to attend to the ethical dilemmas created by the tension between being a practitioner and reseacher in the same setting. This can create an environment where the practitioner researcher is kept safe, and the students are both protected and respected.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirsty Farrant
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  1. 1.New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ AssociationWellingtonNew Zealand

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