Role Relationships in Research: Noticing an Elephant

  • Judith C. Lapadat University of Northern British Columbia
  • Trudy G. Mothus University of Northern British Columbia
  • Heather Fisher University of Northern British Columbia


Using a collaborative writing process, three researchers reflect on their role relationships as researchers engaged together in a classroom study. Researcher role relationships are revealed to be complex, multifaceted, and implicated in every choice and act on a moment-by-moment basis in the classroom and in the processes of the research. Personal dilemmas of role choices and power differentials, including how the power shifted according to what they chose to value and who could influence the classroom drama, are some of the role relationship themes that emerged. The improvisation of researcher role is theorizing situated in praxis.