Insider Research

Had a breakfast meeting recently where we mainly discussed insider research and the problems and potentials this can cause a researcher. Working within the institution I’m wanting to conduct my study has both benefits and pitfalls, as part of my dissertation I need to document the fact that I’m an insider researcher.

Although the context of my project feels like it’s coming from a grounded theory angle the fact that I work with people within my institution means the work I do will be from a action research perspective and I will have to note these insider tendencies as part of my final write up.

I’ve found four articles which discuss different perspectives on insider research which I hope will shape the way I approach choosing a sample from my participants. A couple of these articles are specific to higher education research projects and should make an interesting and relevant read.