Putting reflexivity into practice: experiences from ethnographic fieldwork

Cara Blaisdell

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In this paper, I discuss my use of reflexive writing during my PhD fieldwork, which was an eight month ethnographic study of one early learning and childcare setting. Going into my fieldwork, I was keen to explore how reflexivity could help me negotiate issues that arose because of my professional background as a preschool teacher. In the essay, I discuss my reasons for using reflexive writing during my fieldwork, and argue that reflexive writing exposed issues that might otherwise have remained hidden.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalEthics & Social Welfare
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2015


  • reflexivity
  • early childhood
  • ethics
  • ethnography
  • childcare settings
  • fieldwork


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