The purpose of this paper is to explore and reflect on my own emotions while carrying out a research process and on their effect on the research and on myself as a researcher. After a brief literature review of the ways in which researcher emotions are perceived in qualitative research in the field of social sciences, I offer a reflective account of my own experience and suggest that researcher emotions can serve both as additional data and as an analyzing tool, as well as being a factor in the professional development of researchers.


Researcher Emotions, Researcher’s Professional Development, Qualitative Research, Emotions as Data, Emotions an Annualizing Tool

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Dr. Liora Nutov is a senior lecturer in Gordon Academic College of Education. She has more than 25 years of experience as a Mathematics educator and a homeroom teacher. Her accumulative experience as a homeroom teacher has been encapsulated in her book, Educator LTD, published in 2006. She is a co-editor of the book Teaching Qualitative Research: Challenges, Principles, Implementation (2013). She holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics, an M.A. in Mathematics Education from the Technion. Liora's research interests include educational administration, researchers' emotions, teaching and learning of qualitative research methods, and mathematical education. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: lioranutov@gmail.com.

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