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ERIC Number: ED360297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-24
Pages: 33
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Living Lives, Studying Lives, Writing Lives: An Educational Potpourri or Pot au Feu?
Smith, Louis M.
This autobiographical paper describes the teaching of an adjunct faculty member at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, and the doctoral and postdoctoral students he taught. The paper discusses the author's study of the area of biography and autobiography; the use of ethnography, history, and biography in qualitative research; the "legitimation process" of qualitative research; students' dissertation projects; and the author's writing projects such as "Nora Barlow and the Darwin Legacy" and an essay on the biographical method for the "Handbook of Qualitative Research." The paper proposes that: (1) intense personal educational experiences lead to deeply held educational beliefs that may be strong enough to influence, if not control, educational practices, which has major implications for teacher education at all levels; (2) lives have interwoven strands that continue over long periods of time, and these strands can be broken into meaningful units such as episodes and projects, by individuals themselves or by outside researchers; (3) educational inquiry, including ethnography and action research, should occur in college and university classes; and (4) settings in which researchers live and work are important, as group norms are sometimes elevated to the status of "natural laws." (Contains approximately 50 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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