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BERNARDES DE SANT'ANA, Ruth. The researcher’s involvement in interactionist research at school. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2010, vol.16, n.2, pp. 370-387. ISSN 1677-1168.

Any field research is participative by nature, although with different levels of the subjects’ participation in the investigated universe, for even in a research based on a deliberate agreement of non-intervention, the inter-subjective relationship between the researcher and those researched always gives rise to some interference in the investigation process. This paper reviews that discussion, especially regarding Barbier’s and Lapassade’s theories of implication between the researcher and those researched, in close dialogue with Mead’s, Berger & Luckmann’s, and Goffman’s interactionist perspective. For such, an analysis of the implication is made, consisting of interpreting how the researcher reacts to conscious and unconscious elements present in the interactional play in which he is involved during the field research, which affects the investigation process to some extent. This theme gained momentum in the 1960s, but it is still open for discussion, which is why it is the focus of this paper, with emphasis on school daily life

Keywords : symbolical interactionism; institutional analysis; implication; research in education.

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