ERIC Number: EJ923264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Opening Pandora's Box: An Autoethnographic Study of Teaching
Wilson, Kristin B.
Qualitative Inquiry, v17 n5 p452-458 Jun 2011
Teachers use narrative structures, both biographical and fictitious, to examine their teaching philosophies and practices simultaneously. Applying autoethnographic research methods to teaching data can result in cultural criticism, personal reflexivity, and empowerment. Autoethnographic research can have aesthetic and emotional or empathetic value. However, this approach to research becomes increasingly difficult as teachers gain experience simply because of the volume of evidence to consider. This article is an example of how a myth, Pandora's Box, can become a narrative metaphor and a research tool for reducing large amounts of biographical teaching evidence in order to critically examine philosophies of practice and ideals in a particular cultural context.
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Research Tools, Research Methodology, Figurative Language, Cultural Context, Ethnography, Teaching (Occupation), Personal Narratives, Autobiographies, Reflection, Empowerment, Empathy, Aesthetics, Philosophy, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A