Tales of a cross-cultural research journey: Navigating potholes, roadblocks and dead-ends
Cobb, D. J. (2014). Tales of a cross-cultural research journey: Navigating potholes, roadblocks and dead-ends. In J. Rath & C. Mutch (Eds.), Emerging critical scholarship in education: Navigating the doctoral journey (pp. 171–183). Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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Undertaking doctoral studies in a different cultural context presents a plethora of challenges for doctoral students. This chapter documents the experiences of one researcher navigating the early stages of her doctoral journey in a cultural context significantly different from her own. While the development of the initial research framework has taken careful development, it has been the ethical considerations throughout this initial stage that have presented ongoing challenges, particularly when considering research from a critical perspective. This chapter highlights some important reflections for doctoral students undertaking research in developing countries, particularly in relation to communication, in-country ethics procedures, time delays and financial considerations. The difficulties encountered on the doctoral journey have highlighted the need to take a critical and reflexive stance throughout the development of the initial research proposal and to be flexible to change the direction of the research if and where needed. Because of a recent change in political circumstances, this nation will remain nameless throughout this chapter in order to protect those who may be implicated with the original work.
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