The Notion of Context in International Research on Inclusive Teaching Practices: Perspectives Derived from Reconstructive Research Approaches

Simon Reisenbauer, Eva Verena Kleinlein

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This chapter engages in a methodological discussion of the notion of context in qualitative research on inclusive teaching practices from a global perspective. We argue that it is crucial to reflect on processes of contextualization within data analysis in international research. Two research projects, building on ethnography and the documentary method respectively, are used to illustrate challenges and implications for data analysis in international research projects. We discuss challenges with respect to contextual information, the problem of reification and the strategies of comparison. As illustrated in the examples of data analysis, involving researchers and participants from the local context in the joint interpretation of data and the reflection of the research process is crucial to assure that research approaches reflect local perspectives. Additionally, using different strategies of comparison helps to identify global perspectives as well as elaborating particular local understandings and practices on teaching and learning. Taking due account of these challenges in international research on inclusive education and considering the local perspectives and research practices might further the critical reflection of research methodologies and strengthen local research approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading Inclusion Divergently
EditorsBettina Amrhein, Srikala Naraian
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-1-80071-371-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

SeriesInternational Perspectives on Inclusive Education

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 503034 Inclusive education


  • Ethnography
  • Documentary Method
  • Context
  • International research method
  • inclusive teaching practices
  • reconstructive methodology

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