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Title: Excavating Blind Spots in Qualitative Research: Reflecting on a Lecturer’s Experiential past
Authors: Langtone Maunganidze
Midlands State University, Faculty of Social Sciences
Keywords: autobiography
blind spot
lived experience
qualitative research
Issue Date: 4-Dec-2020
Publisher: University of Botswana
Abstract: Buoyed by reflexivity, this paper examines blind spots that lie ahead of a qualitative research journey with particular reference to the development and production of academic dissertations and theses. It is based on the author’s many years of interactions with students and their works, mainly as a research supervisor and examiner in different universities in Southern Africa. The paper observes that the aspects which students and supervisors either unintendedly or strategically ignore, neglect or are unaware of, keep them from seeing the phenomenon clearly, leading to partialities and distortions in the final research product. Overall, the paper provides a potential template for use by both the novice and established researchers in overcoming the various forms of hidden obstacles to quality research.
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