Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2014

Publication Source

The Qualitative Report

Volume

19

Issue

26

Inclusive pages

1-16

Publisher

Nova Southeastern University

Place of Publication

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Building positive relationships with participants is an important component of qualitative research in the field of special education. Research poems allow expression of the evolution of participant-researcher relationship in a sensitive and nuanced manner. In this paper, I use a research poem about gardening to demonstrate how a researcher can construct a positive relationship with his/her participants. Each line of the poem represents the sequence and evolution of relationship development between the researcher and families who participated in the research.

Keywords

Ethnography, Research, Poetry as Data, Relationship Building, Participants, Special Education

Disciplines

Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Higher Education and Teaching | Special Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development