The Role of Reflexivity in Engaged Scholarship

Jeffrey Longhofer, Jerry Floersch and Janet Hoy

in Qualitative Methods for Practice Research

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398472
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979325 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

The Role of Reflexivity in Engaged Scholarship

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The concept of reflexivity, including a synthesis of how the concept is used in the literature, is considered in terms of the crucial role it plays in engaged scholarship and qualitative practice research. Reflexivity is linked to the multiple levels of practice and how the process of reflexivity is important in conducting research. This is perhaps the single most important question for the whole of social work practice and research. Without reflexivity, how otherwise would engaged scholarship be conducted? Without reflexivity, how do agents change? How do researchers work alongside one another exploring, challenging, and revising as the work unfolds?

Keywords: reflexivity; engaged scholarship; qualitative practice research

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