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Critical self-reflection in research: teaching student researchers

The author says that teachers & students in mixed method research will improve if they begin with critical self-reflection about assumptions.
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The author, Donna Mertens, argues that teachers and students in mixed method research will improve if they begin with critical self-reflection. For example, they should think about what assumptions they make about their research. Furthermore, she says that thinking through their choices in research will improve the validity of the researchers’ findings. Additionally, the author argues that teachers have a responsibility to help develop student skill in critical self-reflection in research. Among other things, she addresses power imbalances between researchers, people with disabilities, and other marginalized populations.

Author Donna Mertens published this article in 2010 in Volume 4 of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. It is also available online for free at the link above.

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