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ERIC Number: EJ811866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1742-5964
Fitting the Methodology with the Research: An Exploration of Narrative, Self-Study and Auto-Ethnography
Hamilton, Mary Lynn; Smith, Laura; Worthington, Kristen
Studying Teacher Education, v4 n1 p17-28 May 2008
Sharpening our approaches to methodology in self-study research can strengthen our work and clarify questions that arise for readers unfamiliar with this research genre. Our article considers three methodologies--narrative, auto-ethnography and self-study--that privilege self in the research design, believing that addressing self can contribute to our understandings about teaching and teacher education. We address two questions: In what ways, if any, does the methodological choice affect the inquiry of the researchers? When, if ever, might self-study be the best choice for inquiry? For this, we use one selected work to explore the critical elements of these methodologies to determine usefulness. This is not a discussion to determine which approach is better; rather it is a discussion to explore when one method might be privileged over another and why. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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