For researchers in educational settings whose research is motivated by considerations of justice, fairness and equality, this text addresses questions they may face. Such questions considered are; will a prior political or ethical commitment bias the research?; how far can the ideas of empowerment or "giving a voice" be realized?; how can researchers who research communities to which they belong deal with the ethical issues of being both insider and outsider? The text provides a set of principles for doing educational research for social justice. These are rooted in considerations of methodology, epistemology and power relations, and provide a framework for dealing with the practical issues of collaboration, ethics, bias, empowerment, voice, uncertain knowledge and reflexivity, at all stages of research from getting started to dissemination and taking responsibility as members of the wider community of educational researchers. Theoretical arguments and the realities of practical research are brought together and interwoven. Thus, the text should be of relevance to all researchers, and research students designing and writing up their theses and dissertations.
Morwenna Griffiths is Professor of Educational Research at Nottingham Trent University, and previously taught at Nottingham University, Oxford Brookes University, Christ Church College, Canterbury, and Isfahan University. She has carried out a range of educational research including classroom-based action research, large-scale surveys, philosophical analysis, and qualitative evaluations. Her current interests lie particularly in social justice, gender and educational research. She is the author Feminisms and the Self: The Web of Identity; Self-identity, Self-esteem, and Social Justice; and co-author (with Carol Davies) of In Fairness to Children: Working for Social Justice in the Primary School. She has also edited (with Barry Troyna) Anti-racism, Culture and Social Justice in Education, and with Margaret Whitford, Women Review Philosophy: New Writing by Women in Philosophy and Feminist Perspectives in Philosophy.