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Becoming a Reflexive Researcher - Using Our Selves in Research - Kim Etherington

Becoming a Reflexive Researcher - Using Our Selves in Research

Paperback Published: 15th June 2004
ISBN: 9781843102595
Number Of Pages: 288

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Is it really possible for researchers to keep their own lives out of their work? In contrast to traditional impersonal approaches to research, reflexive researchers acknowledge the impact of their own experiences, beliefs and culture on the processes and outcomes of inquiry. In this thought-provoking book, Kim Etherington uses a range of narratives, including her own research diary and conversations with students, to show the reader how reflexive research works in practice. Drawing on her own personal journey as a researcher, she suggests that recognising the role of the self in research can open up opportunities for creative and personal transformations. She explores the ways in which reflexivity can be used in counselling and psychotherapy, and argues that it is vital in empowering the client to be an agent in his or her own life. This book will encourage counsellors and therapists to reflect on how their self-awareness can enrich their relationships with clients, while students and academics across a wide range of disciplines will find it challenges and inspires their methods of working.

Preface : in the beginning is my ending ...p. 9
Bringing theories alivep. 13
Introductionp. 15
Reflexivity : meanings and other mattersp. 25
Everything but the kitchen sinkp. 38
Re-telling stories of 'everything but the kitchen sink'p. 54
Methodologies and methodsp. 71
Endnote to part 1 : beware (a poem)p. 86
The masters stage of the journeyp. 87
A personal journey : my masters stagep. 91
The supervisor's role in reflexive research at the master's stagep. 99
Heuristic inquiry as a vehicle for growth and developmentp. 109
Keeping a reflexive research journalp. 127
Autoethnographyp. 137
Using creativity in autoethnographyp. 150
Endnote to part 2 : talking to the worldp. 159
The doctoral stangesp. 161
The PhD student-supervisor relationshipp. 165
Connecting doctoral research topics to ourselvesp. 179
Stories of liberation and independencep. 195
Too close to home : a dilemma of involvementp. 202
Reflexive embodied researchp. 212
Ethical relationships in reflexive researchp. 226
The postdoctoral stagesp. 233
Being a reflexive postdoctoral researcherp. 237
Endnote to part 4 : a dreamp. 259
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ISBN: 9781843102595
ISBN-10: 1843102595
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43