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“Tell Me How I Can Get to Know You”: Negotiating Research Strategies With Late Arrivals in Norwegian Schools in Field Conversations

By: Joke Dewilde Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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As part of a larger Nordic study, I got to study six pupils who had moved to Norway in their late teens: the students whom I call Ahmed, Bahar and Nargis, Mohammed, and Helen and Mikeline respectively from Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea allowed me into their life worlds. In addition to a linguistic ethnographic approach where I observed and audio recorded them in and outside of school, I wished to actively involve the young people in the way I studied them. In response to my prompt "Tell me how I can get to know you," Mohammed, for example, suggested that he should write short texts at the end of our interviews, resembling those he wrote at home, and Bahar suggested that I become her ...

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