CARLA Hosts Lunchtime Panel on Ethical Dilemmas of Research with Immigrants

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition will sponsor a lunchtime panel at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, discussing the experiences of graduate students in ensuring high ethical practices for research involving immigrants.

The CARLA Lunchtime Presentation event is titled "Navigating Ethical Dilemmas of Educational Research with Immigrant Populations as Novice Researchers: Sharing Graduate Students' Experiences" and will be held in Jones 35.

The presentation illuminates the experiences of graduate students navigating the ethical dilemmas of ethnographic research with immigrant populations.

The authors will present vignettes that highlight instances in which they have struggled with issues of representation--of themselves and of participants--at their research sites and in their writing.

While these dilemmas are not unique to novice researchers, how graduate students experience and work through the ethical grey spaces of ethnographic research is impacted by their liminal position as researchers--that is, as ethnographers transitioning from research in theory (idealism) to research in practice (reality). Although this presentation does not offer hard and fast solutions to these dilemmas, it raises questions designed to push graduate students' thinking about the ethics and politics of research with immigrant populations. It also spotlights the experiences of graduate students in order to assist established scholars in supporting emerging researchers in strategic ways.


Marina Bandeira Alexio is a doctoral candidate in Second Languages and Cultures Education (SLC) program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) at the University of Minnesota. She has a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Languages with a focus on ESL. Her research interests include immigrant parental involvement, language socialization and teacher education.

Sarah Hansen is a doctoral candidate in the Culture and Teaching program in C&I. Her current research focuses on the educational experiences of South Asian immigrant students and families.

Sachiko Yokoi Horii is a Ph.D. student in the SLC program in C&I. Her research interests include language education policy and language teacher education.

The presenters will include information from work done by Silvy Un, also a Ph.D. student in C&I.

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