International collaborative research often refers to collaboration among the researchers and the participants. Few studies investigate the collaborative process among the researchers themselves. Assumptions about the qualitative research process, institutional requirements, and even epistemological orientations, are pervasive. Our experience conducting an empirical research study as a collaborative effort amongst a research team in Mexico and the United States challenged and transformed our assumptions about collaborative qualitative research in terms of organizational compatibility: (a) understanding research perspective and themes, (b) interpreting rules and regulations (c) physical travel between countries, and (d) how research products are counted. We address each assumption through a dialogue, including how our collaborative research diverged from the assumption and how this divergence has impacted our own practice.
Collaborative Research, Cultural Meaning-Making, Negotiating Institutional Norms
We would like to acknowledge the involvement of our colleagues from the Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, and the University of Texas at San Antonio on the project “Trayectorias de Aprendizaje de Profesores Transnacionales de Lenguas” (Learning Trajectories of Transnational Language Teachers), sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Education’s Teacher Professional Development Program (PRODEP).
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Sayer, P., & Crawford, T. (2017). Developing a Collaborative Qualitative Research Project Across Borders: Issues and Dilemmas. The Qualitative Report, 22(6), 1580-1588. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2727