Research in Science Education

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 123–135 | Cite as

Managing Endings in a Longitudinal Study: Respect for Persons

  • Michael J. Reiss


In this paper I describe and discuss the way that a book I had written on a five-year longitudinal study of school science teaching was received by the pupils and teachers it featured. By and large the pupils’ reception was positive. However, one group of teachers was deeply hurt by the book. I trace this mainly to my failure to consider adequately their fears of the consequences of the book’s publication and possibly to my failure to consider with them the psychological significance of my withdrawing from the school after five years of regular study. I hope that there are lessons not only for myself but also for others considering longitudinal and ethnographic research in science education and more broadly.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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