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ERIC Number: EJ800164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
On Becoming a Qualitative Researcher: The Value of Reflexivity
Watt, Diane
Qualitative Report, v12 n1 p82-101 Mar 2007
Learning how to conduct qualitative research may seem daunting for those new to the task, especially given the paradigm's emphasis on complexity and emergent design. Although there are guidelines in the literature, each project is unique and ultimately the individual researcher must determine how best to proceed. Reflexivity is thus considered essential, potentially facilitating understanding of both the phenomenon under study and the research process itself. Drawing upon the contents of a reflective journal, the author provides an inside view of a first project, making connections between theory and practice. This personal narrative highlights the value of reflexivity both during and after a study, and may help to demystify the research process for those new to the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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