23 SES 10 B, Researching the Powerful: Seeking Knowledge about Policy
This paper moves the symposium from consideration of access to discussion of what happens when researchers investigating policy find that their informants chose to exercise their power and status by being uncooperative or aggressive-in other words, through displays of power in the interview situation-in the first case to be discussed, case, in an interview in Romania. In contrast, in a different situation, an interviewer in Portugal was obliged to prove their determination and interest by waiting, showing patience and gradually persuading the informant to collaborate. This raises questions about how to prepare for interviews with powerful people, especially where there is a large status ‘gap’; how to create rapport with an informant (Foddy 1993, Rosemblum 1997) and how to persuade the informant that you understand their position despite its complexity (Walford 1994, Ball 1994). The need for preparation and the capacity to change modes or select strategies is highly important and creates ethical pressures which are not considered in many methodological texts.
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
The programme is updated regularly (each day in the morning)
- Search for keywords and phrases in "Text Search"
- Restrict in which part of the abstracts to search in "Where to search"
- Search for authors and in the respective field.
- For planning your conference attendance you may want to use the conference app, which will be issued some weeks before the conference
- If you are a session chair, best look up your chairing duties in the conference system (Conftool) or the app.