Through this article, the author provides a reflection on the role of positionality in research, following the completion of a qualitative research project. Through the research project, the White researcher sought to explore the ways in which students of color experience a predominantly White university. Drawing on literature and findings from the research project, the author highlights potential challenges and opportunities of being cognizant of one’s positionality. These reflections illustrate the significance of positionality and serve as a reminder of its potential effects on the research process, as well as on participants and the researcher. The manuscript concludes with recommendations for researchers to carefully consider the potential influence of their positionality in any research setting.
Positionality, Research Process, Qualitative, Insider/Outsider
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Bourke, B. (2014). Positionality: Reflecting on the Research Process. The Qualitative Report, 19(33), 1-9. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol19/iss33/3