“Dilemmas” of Early Career Researchers from “Dilemmas” to Problems

  • Isabel AlarcãoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 621)


Researchers, namely early career ones who start using qualitative research, may face what they call “dilemmas”. These have different sources: uncertainties concerning the validity of their research and the reliability of the research tools they use; questions on how to review literature and systematize studies, some of them also qualitative, contextualized, and therefore, difficult to compare and aggregate; doubts about the best ways to collect, analyse data and interpret results; modes of interaction to share their research with readers; concerns about their role as researchers and their relationship with the study participants. The “dilemmas” underlying these issues converge towards the main question: what is reality? As a researcher, how do I perceive reality? In this chapter, I will try to argue that the “dilemmas” of early career researchers can be transformed into epistemological problems through reflection, in-depth study and then be solved. If “dilemmas” cannot be solved, problems can.


Research Qualitative Dilemmas Problems Reflection 


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  1. 1.Aveiro University, Campo Universitário de SantiagoAveiroPortugal

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