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From Clarity to Chaos and Back: some reflections on the research process

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Elaine Hall


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Many PhD students encounter difficulties beyond those commonly dealt with in research guides. In this article, the authors draw from their own experiences to construct a framework that rationalises the confusion of fieldwork. This is not just a question of surmounting practical difficulties, but also coming to terms with the feelings of crisis and cognitive dissonance when researchers' understandings and beliefs are challenged. The affective dimension of learning is a crucial aspect, particularly for the 'lone researcher'. The authors' individual experiences, although located in very different milieus, illustrate this process. It is argued that by organising disorganised experiences it is possible to face difficulties and capitalise upon crisis.

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Author(s): Straker A, Hall E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Educational Action Research

Year: 1999

Volume: 7

Issue: 3

Pages: 419-432

Print publication date: 01/09/1999

ISSN (print): 0965-0792

ISSN (electronic): 1747-5074

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09650799900200094


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