Reimagining Rooms for Methodological Manoeuvres: Distilled Dilemmas, Proposed Principles and Synthesised Strategies in Research Education and Social Practices Qualitatively

  • P. A. Danaher
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)


Having “room to manoeuvre” is crucial if qualitative education and social researchers are to design and conduct studies effectively, efficiently and ethically. These rooms for manoeuvres also build creatively on the shifting boundaries of contemporary methodologies as well as on the evolving experiences of the researchers deploying such methodologies. This chapter outlines a rationale for reimagining rooms for methodological manoeuvres. This rationale arises from a distillation of the decision-making dilemmas presented in the preceding chapters, and also from an articulation of the proposed principles and the synthesised strategies contained in those chapters. In combination, these dilemmas, principles and strategies constitute an authentic, practical and useful encapsulation of broader implications and issues attending contemporary qualitative education and social research.


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I acknowledge wholeheartedly the intellectual labour and the research leadership of Professor Bobby Harreveld in masterminding this book and the research symposium on 25 and 26 September 2014 at the Rockhampton campus of Central Queensland University, Australia that preceded and informed it. Professor Harreveld and her fellow editors have generated a productive framework for reconsidering the potential and actual contributions of contemporary qualitative methodologies to researching and thereby enhancing current and possible alternative education and social practices. Each chapter author has contributed significantly to adding to and enriching that framework. Ms Jodie Gunders provided indispensable project management expertise for the book. Finally, this chapter has been clarified and strengthened by the rigorous feedback of participants in the writing workshop at which an earlier version of the chapter was discussed.


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  • P. A. Danaher
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Education, Law and ArtsUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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