Is Bracketing Realistic without Reflexivity? A Conversation between Doctoral Students
Keywords:qualitative research, bracketing, reflectivity, identity, reflection
This paper offers a narrative of two doctoral students’ understandings of the relationship between bracketing and reflexivity, building on Baksh’s 2018 reflection on the tensions between them. Sharing our personal experiences led us to recognize our assumptions and challenge each other to unlearn and reconceptualize our initial understanding of bracketing. We emphasize the importance of reflexivity as an ongoing process and point out the dangers of attempting to bracket without first recognizing the impact of our own positionalities and experiences. We conclude our paper with tips for reflexivity to provide support for researchers who are navigating similar tensions.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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