It Doesn't Rain it Pours—Reflections on Fieldwork in The Academic Year 2019/20

Autores

  • Stephen Holmes Royal Holloway University of London

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36367/ntqr.6.2021.32-40

Palavras-chave:

reflection, lived experience, fieldwork, constraints, and challenges, covid-19.

Resumo

Abstract: The crucial component to any research being successful is fieldwork and gaining access to research participants; which in the academic year 2019-2020 in England became a challenging endeavour, with regards, a) industrial action across the higher education sector, in December 2019 and again in February 2020; b) regional rail network industrial strike action across the year, and c) the pandemic (Coronavirus). This perfect storm restricted and challenged qualitative data collection for a study on 'Teaching Innovation in 21st century UK Higher Education'. Writing from a postgraduate researcher position and perspective who was caught in university halls of residence; this paper reflects a meaningful mental activity and an approach to telling stories. Through my reflections, three themes of experience are significant. 1) Connection and access to participants, Implications of mass media reporting; workloads and screen time.  2) The use of visual method selection is difficult to achieve over a series of digital platforms regarding network failures, functionality, visual descriptions, and feelings of incompetence in understanding the impaired spoken drawing, and 3) the emotional toll on the researcher.

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Publicado

2021-03-12

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Stephen Holmes. (2021). It Doesn’t Rain it Pours—Reflections on Fieldwork in The Academic Year 2019/20. New Trends in Qualitative Research, 6, 32–40. https://doi.org/10.36367/ntqr.6.2021.32-40