Managing dogmatism in scientists' talk about quality in science

The presentation draws on research conducted as part of the FP7 project ‘QLectives’. In particular, it is based on empirical research undertaken between October and December 2010 and June and July 2012, exploring how ‘scientists’ construct quality in science. Twenty interviews and four follow-­‐up focus groups were conducted and discourse analysed premised on Discursive Psychology. Quality in science was treated as ‘topic’ and the emphasis was on the ways in which scientists talk about quality in science, the resources they draw on to do so and in what context, and the ways in which they position themselves in the flow of talk. The approach employed enabled moving beyond a lexical-­‐level understanding of quality in science.

One of the main regularities identified in the interviews was that quality in science was negotiated at the juncture of global, external and established metrics on the one hand, and personal, internal understandings, on the other. One of the main regularities identified in the focus groups was that in talking about acceptable standards and practices in science, participants oriented to science as fragmented into different fields. I consider how these negotiations relate to immediate (focus group and interview) context and content of discussion as well as to the normativities of expressing views.

Thursday, 14 February, 2013 - 12:30 to 14:00
Maria Xenitidou:
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Dr Maria Xenitidou is a researcher at CRESS, University of Surrey