Understanding and Planning Emotions Research



This chapter addresses personal, theoretical and professional practice issues guiding the authors’ emotions’ research in education. Conversational extracts illuminate the influence of personal biography on epistemological and ontological positioning, and consider implications for the roles, responsibilities and ethical conduct of the researcher. It is argued that emotional experiences are situated within a nexus of complex, hierarchical relationships and systemic events. Therefore, researchers need to move beyond an individualist paradigm to understand how multiple, interconnected factors serve to co-create individual and collective experiences in specific environments, and how the research process itself impacts the totality of the situation. A commitment to honor participants’ realities and truth needs to permeate the whole research process. Dialogue with researchers from other traditions is advocated to create a more inclusive emotion-focused research community.


Researcher biography Researcher dispositions Emotions research Gestalt Creative methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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