White British researchers and internationally educated research participants: insights from reflective practices on issues of language and culture in nursing contexts

Allan, Helen T. and Westwood, Sue (2015) White British researchers and internationally educated research participants: insights from reflective practices on issues of language and culture in nursing contexts. Journal of Research in Nursing, 20 (8). pp. 640-652. ISSN 1744-9871

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Abstract

This paper explores how reflexive practices enabled researchers to achieve a more complex analysis of qualitative data generated from focus groups. Drawing upon our experiences as two White British researchers, conducting
a study with internationally educated nurses from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, we consider how our analysis led us to a more nuanced understanding of the data than might have occurred without reflexivity. We identified our respective standpoints, confronted our feared biases, particularly in relation to social stereotyping and prejudice, and located ourselves as co-producers of the data. This enabled us to consider how we might be representing, holding and paralleling, systemic patterns of discrimination, leading to several new insights. Reflexive practice is often referred to in theory, less often in application. We hope that sharing
our reflexive process will benefit other researchers navigating the complex waters of identifying themselves in their research.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 17576
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Depositing User: Helen Allan
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 09:31
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 05:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17576

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