Autoethnography: making memory methodology

Hayler, Michael (2012) Autoethnography: making memory methodology Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. ISSN 1354-0602 (In Press)

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This paper looks at memory, autoethnography and analytic authoethnography as a methodology in the context of narratives of learning, through an outline of a research study into the professional identities of university-based teacher educators in England. The research took an autoethnographic approach in examining the author's own narrative experience alongside those of six other teacher educators. Within educational research, autobiographical, life-history and narrative methodologies have moved from the margins to become established, although not unchallenged. Pioneering studies with teachers in various contexts by, for example, Ball and Goodson (1985), Elbaz (1990), Huberman (1993), and Erben (1998) among others, combine to form a rigorous and widely-respected foundation in demonstrating the valuable insights that are gained into teachers, students, schools and pedagogy through the examination of participants' life-histories. Through her longitudinal study of primary school teachers Nias (1989) demonstrated that practitioners' lives are not easily separated from their craft, making the now well-established arugment that 'the self is a crucial element in the way teachers themselves construct the nature of their job' (Nias, 1989, p.13).

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autoethnography; teacher education; professional identity
Subjects: X000 Education
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Education > Education Research Centre
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 15:22
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2015 14:28

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