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Negative Emotions in the Field: A Narrative Analysis of EFL Researchers’ Experience

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posted on 2019-06-06, 15:55 authored by Adilur RahamanAdilur Rahaman, Shuvo Saha

Through narrative analysis the present research traces the range and genesis of negative emotions that three English as Foreign Language (EFL) researchers experienced in different research sites. The method of narrative analysis helps depict and interpret the lived experiences of the researchers. This study draws on autobiographical and narrative data to illustrate how negative emotions evolve during fieldwork, a research aspect that is absent in the existing literature (Bondi, 2007). Findings suggest that the researchers experience a wide range of negative emotions namely ethical dilemma, anger, anxiety, guilt, and shame. Thus the study carries implications for establishing theoretical concepts and informing policy decisions. The theory level implication is that the researchers’ negative emotions evolve through and within emotionally charged phases such as ethical dilemma, anger, anxiety, guilt, and shame. As regards policy level implication, the study reinforces the appeal of previous research works that the IRB requirements should be made flexible according to specific contexts.


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  • Bangladesh

Lead author job role

  • Higher Education Lecturer

Lead author institution

Independent University, Bangladesh

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  • Yes

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