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Revisiting the Ethics of Basque Educational Ethnographic Research Based on a Post-Qualitative Inquiry: A Proposal for Inclusive Ethics

Elizabeth Pérez-Izaguirre (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain)
José Miguel Correa Gorospe (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain)
Eider Chaves-Gallastegui (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain)

Ethics, Ethnography and Education

ISBN: 978-1-83982-247-6, eISBN: 978-1-80071-008-5

Publication date: 23 June 2022


This chapter reflects on how ethics was managed in Basque educational ethnographic research. Specifically, it addresses researcher positionality when relating to research collaborators in an attempt to manage inclusive ethics in situ. Nowadays, most research is evaluated by an ethical review board that ensures adequate research practice. However, unexpected fieldwork events need to be managed in the field, and this chapter addresses the impact of these events on the relationship between researchers and collaborators. Influenced by a post-qualitative stance we posit that research collaborators should be included in the research process. It reflects on the data collected during an ongoing ethnographic study with higher education students. The method used includes several interview meetings between researchers and collaborators, multimodal representations of collaborators' learning, and participants' self-observations. In the interviews, participants' discourses, representations, and self-observations were collaboratively analysed. The ethnographic data from these meetings show how researchers use a collaborative approach to practise ethics. Through such meetings, the knowledge derived from the ethnographic data is co-constructed in a research relationship where participants engage in dialogue and negotiation about the discourse created around them. Based on this relationship, we propose the concept of inclusive ethics as a process requiring an honest, inclusive, and collaborative relationship with the research subject.




This study was supported by the research project Trayectorias de aprendizaje de jóvenes universitarios: Concepciones, estrategias, tecnologías y contextos. PID2019-108696RB-I00 funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain.


Pérez-Izaguirre, E., Correa Gorospe, J.M. and Chaves-Gallastegui, E. (2022), "Revisiting the Ethics of Basque Educational Ethnographic Research Based on a Post-Qualitative Inquiry: A Proposal for Inclusive Ethics", Russell, L., Barley, R. and Tummons, J. (Ed.) Ethics, Ethnography and Education (Studies in Educational Ethnography, Vol. 19), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 67-86.



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