Moving Toward Third-Space: Reflections on the Tensions with/in Qualitative Research

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Sheri R. Klein


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. 


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Sheri R. Klein, Kent State University

Sheri R. Klein is an artist-educator and qualitative researcher focusing on reflexive practices and professional development issues, immersed in poetic and artistic approaches to inquiry and whose work is informed by drawing, writing and jorurnaling practices. She has a BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington. Retired as a professor of Art Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she taught for almost twenty years, she has also designed courses and taught at Kansas City Art Institute, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She currently teaches in the online masters program in art education at Kent State University, USA.



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