1st Edition

Graduate Students Becoming Qualitative Researchers An Ethnographic Study

    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    Through conducting an ethnographic study about doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are learning to conduct ethnographic research, this volume offers unique insight into the challenges and experiences through which these students develop their skills and identities as qualitative researchers.

    Foregrounding the stories and perspectives of students from minority backgrounds including Latinx, Black, differently abled, and queer students, Graduate Students Becoming Qualitative Researchers identifies how the process of learning to conduct ethnographic research underpins doctoral students’ success, confidence, and persistence in the academy. Chapters follow students during a one-year ethnographic research course during which they learn about ethnography, and also conduct observations, write field notes, interview participants, and gather artifacts. Offering important pedagogical insights into how ethnography and academic writing are communicated, the text also tackles questions of access and diversity within scholarship and highlights barriers to first-generation and minoritized students' success, including impostor syndrome, stereotype vulnerability, and access to time, knowledge, and capital.

    This volume will prove valuable to doctoral students, postgraduate researchers, scholars, and educators conducting qualitative research across the fields of education and rhetoric, as well as the humanities and social sciences. It will also appeal to those interested in multiculturalism and diversity within the education sector.

    1. Who Gets to Become a Professor?: Paving the Way for Diversity in the Academy.

    2. Situating the Study: Conducting Ethnographic Research with Doctoral Students on the U.S.-Mexico Border

    3. Belonging and Becoming: Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Participation in the Academy

    4. Learning to Do Research: Acknowledging Researcher Positionality in Ethnographic Research

    5. Building Identity as a Scholar and Researcher: Identity Work, Imposter Syndrome, and Belonging

    6. Recognizing the Role of Self-Belief, Motivation, and Personal Sacrifice in Doctoral Students’ Success

    7. Being and Researching in a Third Space: Embracing Cultural, Linguistic, and Professional Hybridity

    8. We Were Never Supposed to Be Here: Overcoming Resistance and Joining Communities of Practice

    9. Learning and Not Learning to Become Qualitative Researchers


    Char Ullman is Associate Professor of Sociocultural Foundations of Education and Educational Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.

    Kate Mangelsdorf is Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.

    Jair Muñoz is Doctoral Student in the Teaching, Learning, and Culture program at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.