Harnessing the Unspeakable: Effect of Using Creative Methodological Tools to Speak About Emotions in Higher Education


In recent years, emotionality studies and emotional burnout has gained interest among researcher, especially while trying to understand emotions in the workplace. Many people are reluctant to share their true emotions or, in some instances, are unaware of the emotions they constantly feel while encountering difficult situations. Individuals are expected to ‘swallow’ their feelings in the workplace and only show positive emotions when faced with challenges. Ultimately, the notion of unspeakable emotions is unconsciously immersed into their practice. Consequently, this ethnographic study will explore faculty members’ day to day life situations in higher education, their emotional experiences, both negative and positive, and their physical environment. The process of helping faculty members speak about emotions involves three phases adopted from the phenomenological approaches to emotions. During the first phase, participants are asked to talk about their experiences using metaphors which helped them reflect on their emotional experiences. In the second phase, semi-structured interviews are conducted to understand their day-to-day practice. Lastly, during the third phase, participants are provided with images of the BLOB tree which helped them reflect on their emotional responses and occupational practice. This discussion is motivated by a desire to understand true emotional responses as experienced by the individual. The emphasis on understanding the daily lived experiences and emotions in higher education opens possibilities for providing better care and acknowledgment to both teachers and students. The findings show that creative methods in emotionality study yielded more emotionally charged responses from the participants.

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Doha M. Abualsaud, University of Business and Technology, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Higher education

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Abualsaud D. (2022) Harnessing the Unspeakable: Effect of Using Creative Methodological Tools to Speak About Emotions in Higher Education ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.44
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.44

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