If I am thirsty, I must need some water to address it. Now, there may be a container of drinking water in the home, but I need an empty cup to fill up the water. Take another example; a PhD candidate has so much information, but in the process of qualitative research he/she must consciously keep all acquired ideas behind and be ready to hear from the research participants that he/she has to elicit data from via interviewing, survey, etc. In this way, the process of acquiring knowledge becomes easy. Indeed, it’s one of the requirements in research.
So, it’s a conscious effort that the researcher has to mentally practice, being detached from his acquired information prior to his/her research undertaking.
So, having this understanding, anyone, irrespective of age or gender, could be convinced of the need to disabuse the mind of pre-emptive judgment in qualitative inquiry.

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