The paper presents a variety of approaches towards the researched during qualitative research and their subsequent analysis on the example of educational and historical research. It has been elaborated by a duet — an educator and a historian — whose main area of interest is the relationship between the researcher and the researched embroiled in a situational context and deeply rooted in a social and humanistic perspective. We discuss our experience, which although set in various disciplines, has a common denominator, i.e. a biography and reading it. Our paper shows the area of scientific exploration experience which combines the two disciplines, since both educators and historians face similar problems in carrying out qualitative research.