Caring Reflexivity

Jul. 15, 2010

Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 23, Issue 4
(July 2010), pages 495 – 499.

The current article provides a brief summary of the seven articles in this special issue through the lens of the concept of caring reflexivity.

In joining 'caring' and 'reflexivity', the authors deepen the conversation about what constitutes reflexivity, encouraging an explicit focus on the relational.

Revisiting the first article, the authors argue that relationships - with all their challenges and mysteries - must be central to ethical and credible research.
Thus, the authors highlight the ways these authors grapple with research relationships. However, not only do they grapple with them, they also take delight in and worry about their ongoing interactions. The authors smile and laugh with their participants and gently critique themselves as fallible individuals seeking to learn about others' experiences.

Updated: Feb. 24, 2011