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A Bricoleur Approach to Navigating the Methodological Maze

  • Reyna Zipf
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)

Abstract

This chapter discusses how a bricoleur approach enabled a nebulous concept, creativity, to be researched in secondary school science. The process of creating the research approach is illustrated through the metaphor of a journey through a methodological maze. The author describes the methodological challenges faced by qualitative researchers using four milestones: entering the maze, inside the maze, emerging from the maze and arriving at a methodological destination. The chapter outlines how reaching a methodological destination requires methodological navigation skills and negotiation with self. Navigating the maze was expedited by a researcher-as-bricoleur stance. The chapter describes how the bricoleur approach enabled manoeuvring between and through methodological pathways possible, and became a tool for cutting holes in the maze hedge and allowing hitherto separate pathways to be joined.

Keywords

Research Strategy Science Lesson Qualitative Researcher Secondary Science Teacher Ground Theory Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reyna Zipf
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  1. 1.School of Education and the ArtsCQUniversity AustraliaRockhamptonAustralia

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