Core Practice 4 — Confidence: Taking on the Researcher’s Mantel
This Exploration is designed to increase your self-confidence before starting your data collection, before ‘entering the field’. Sometimes it takes a while before we feel confident enough to step into the role of researcher. Are we entitled to ask questions? Are our (self-generated) research questions important enough to impose on people’s time? Won’t our presence interfere in what is happening? Will we ask the ‘right’ questions to the ‘right’ people? Will we come back with sufficiently interesting and useful data? Will our research be of sufficiently original value? These insecurities often last several months into our fieldwork or data collection, if not longer. This Exploration helps you to feel more confident and get into the rhythm of your research faster.
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