oa Mosenodi - Fieldwork ethical dilemmas in qualitative research : a critical self-reflections

Volume 15, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



This paper highlights challenges that the researcher encountered during fieldwork. It argues that despite the popularity of qualitative research scholars are only beginning to publicize segments or summaries of ethnographic fieldwork experiences. Using critical self-reflections of the interactions between the researcher and the participants during fieldwork, the paper identifies five ethical dilemmas and how they were addressed in an African context. The paper concludes that an omission to reflect on fieldwork experience hides the conflicts and tensions that all researchers inevitably face and can learn from. Finally, the paper concludes that lessons from the data on the interaction between the interviewer and the interviewee can inform ethical research methodologies and the representation of research findings.

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