Navigating Messy Research Methods and Mentoring Practices at a Bilingual Research Site on the Mexico-U.S. Border

Beau Pihlaja, Lucía Durá

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Abstract

Using a dissertation research project at a transnational site, this pedagogical process piece explores the experience from both the student and mentor perspectives. We discuss challenges gaining access to the research site and navigating frequently-acknowledged-but-rarely-described affective, relational dynamics that disrupt qualitative research in everyday technical and professional communication. To assist students’ and their mentors’ engagement with these dynamics, we suggest heuristics derived from critical reflection on our own tactical responses to these research and pedagogical challenges.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTechnical Communication Quarterly
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Mentoring
  • Messiness research
  • Multilingual research
  • Pedagogical theory
  • Qualitative research
  • Research methods
  • Workplace studies

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