ERIC Number: ED371005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Doing Life History Research--In Theory and in Practice. Draft.
Cole, Ardra L.
The methodological issues associated with life-history research are explored from the perspectives of researcher and teacher of qualitative research methods, and from the perspective of a participant in a life-history study. The author illustrates with her own experiences how different research can look from both sides of the microphone and how important reflexivity (self-reflexive ideas) is in research practice. She engaged in a life-history study of her practice as a teacher educator, both to complement her own self-study agenda and to explore what it means to be researched. Another researcher, studying the conduct of life-history research, engaged the author as subject. A self-reflexive stance means that the researcher himself or herself defines an inquiry, makes assumptions explicit, and raises awareness about how participants might feel in order to be responsive to them throughout the research. The experiential understanding gained adds a critical dimension to the author's practice of qualitative research. (Contains 40 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life History Method
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).