Moving Toward Third-Space: Reflections on the Tensions with/in Qualitative Research / Vers le troisième espace : réflexions sur les tensions en recherche qualitative

Sheri R. Klein


Abstract: This reflective essay examines some of the dialectical tensions that can emerge within qualitative research and that can result in internal and external conflicts and a wide range of emotions and feelings for researchers. It is important to notice and examine these tensions as many art educators use qualitative research methods. Subsequently, more attention is needed to recognizing research as an emotional, and conflicted journey. The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and paradox theory offers applicable insights into the qualitative research process. Approaches to ‘qualitative thinking’ and artistic and contemplative methods are explored with the aim of reflexivity and disrupting dialectical thinking in qualitative research.

Keywords: Qualitative research; Dialectical tensions; Third Space; Rhizomatic thinking. 

Résumé : Ce compte rendu réflexif se penche sur certaines des tensions dialectiques susceptibles d’apparaître en recherche qualitative, de mener à des conflits internes et externes et de susciter chez le chercheur une vaste gamme d’émotions et de sentiments. Il importe de prendre note de ces tensions et de s’y attarder car de nombreux éducateurs emploient concepts et méthodes de recherche qualitative. Il faut par conséquent se préoccuper davantage de la recherche qualitative en tant que processus émotionnel et souvent conflictuel. Cette enquête se base sur les travaux de chercheurs multidisciplinaires selon lesquels le concept « d’entre-deux » et de « troisième espace » perturbe fondamentalement la pensée binaire. D’autres stratégies sont par ailleurs introduites pour appuyer la pensée rationnelle dans le domaine de la recherche qualitative et la création de cultures de recherche rhizomatiques.

Mots-clés : recherche qualitative, tensions dialectiques, troisième espace, pensée rhizomatique.


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