What challenges can race and gender present for researchers of color? As Black women, we draw on personal reflections to look back at our graduate training and its influence on how we conducted ourselves in the field as graduate students and now as researchers in the academy. We particularly consider how mainstream pedagogical approaches to teaching qualitative methods might work to marginalize researchers of color throughout the qualitative research process. We lay out these complexities, not necessarily to offer solutions but rather to allow others in similar situations to think about their own journey as we collectively move qualitative research and teaching to new heights. We conclude this article with a short discussion of the direct implications for teaching and doing qualitative research.
Teaching Qualitative Research, Reflection, Racial Consciousness, Critical Consciousness
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Spates, K., & Gichiru, W. (2015). Starting Where You Are: How Race Can Constrain Researchers within the Research Setting. The Qualitative Report, 20(11), 1922-1934. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss11/15