Problems Associated With The Researcher

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concerns (Todres, 2007). Todres (2007) and McCormick (2010) suggest the researcher can remedy this by staying in connection with his or her own ‘felt sense’. On the other hand, words can work between the researcher and the participant in a shared way. Just as words are a bodily experience for the participant, they are for the researcher as well. When words work for the participant, they also work for the researcher not only in deepening the researcher’s understanding, but in becoming aware of the ‘lived sense’ of his or her situation (Todres, 2007). In embodied inquiry, the researcher’s task is to be open to the process in him or herself in which the words do not just make logical sense, but which ‘open up the possibility of seeing something together’ (Todres, 2007, p. 39), a sense the researcher understands in an embodied way. Embodied understanding does not mean that the researcher has the same experience, but it means that the words show the researcher ‘something more that involves a bodily sense of being present to the whole situation’ (Todres, 2007, p. 39). Another dimension of inter-embodied understanding is that it seems to help the participant’s ongoing ability to bring his or her sense to language. New meanings can be experienced as ‘making sense’ by the participant and the researcher. There are possibly new meanings to be expressed from a situation and the process of sense-making allows these new meanings to appear. According to Todres (2007), languaging
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