Through narrative inquiry this research depicts and interprets the negative emotions that three English as Foreign Language (EFL) researchers experienced in different research sites during their fieldwork. Narrative inquiry informs the design of this investigation as the approach is particularly useful for understanding lived experiences. The study draws on autobiographical as well as narrative data to report the negative emotions that evolve during English language education fieldwork, an aspect absent in the existing literature. Findings suggest that the researchers experienced a wide range of negative emotions namely ethical dilemma, anger, anxiety, guilt, and shame. These results carry implications for language education research methodology, teaching, and fieldwork related ethical requirements of Institutional Review Board (IRB), and language education researchers’ necessary psychological support.
Negative Emotions, Narrative Inquiry, Fieldwork, Lived Experience, EFL
We express our gratitude to the editor-in-chief and the reviewers for their valuable feedback on the manuscript. We would also like to thank Peu for offering her observations in livening up the stories.
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Rahaman, A., & Saha, S. (2020). Negative Emotions in Fieldwork: A Narrative Inquiry of Three EFL Researchers’ Lived Experiences. The Qualitative Report, 25(12), 4128-4208. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2020.4164
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