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THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR: REFLECTIONS ON RESEARCH PRACTICES Author, Affiliation and Address

By Gary Shepherd

Abstract

To what extent can researchers engaged in reflective research practices be honest in their own reflections, and to what extent are their reflections affected by emotions and defences against emotion? This paper aims to explore the issue of researcher reflection on the experiences of research and the emotions that affect reflection and reflective practice within research. In this way the paper is seeking to make a contribution to our understanding of the practice of research and the limitations that the researcher might place on knowledge generation. By examining a past research project which utilized a reflection based epistemology and re-reading my work through a psychotherapeutic lens, this paper questions how emotional defence and our own “life scripts ” may conspire to situate our research efforts within the safety of our own familiar ontology

Year: 2014
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