Autoethnography can be a way of doing something different with theory and its relation to experience."
(Stewart, 2013, p.659)
Have you ever thought about getting involved in education research but didn't know where to start?
Do you want to engage with a methodology that allows you to be creative and at the same time submit a paper for publication?
Autoethnography is, broadly speaking, a form of qualitative research anchored in personal and reflective ways of looking at lived experiences in order to describe and critique cultural beliefs, practices, experiences, theories. Autoethnography is thus a methodological and creative tool with which we can reflect on Higher Education teaching and learning, medical education, and that can be transferable to other settings or contexts.
"Doing autoethnography involves a back-and-forth movement between experiencing and examining (…) self and revealing the broader context of the experience."
(Ellis, 2007, p.14)
The Cycle has been designed in a scaffolded way: we start by exploring theoretical underpinnings of autoethnography; then moving to a reflective sharing practices session; a reading club so participants can be more familiarised with different ways of writing ethnographic studies; planning writing; and writing retreats.
key aims and outcomes
The key aims of the Autoethnography Cycle are:
- Explore a form of qualitative research that allows for personal experiences to emerge, to link them to broader contexts of experience(s), and to find creative ways to communicate them;
- Expand the research repertoire of participants;
- Create spaces to share practices, and to engage participants with a process of active reflection and meaning making of practices and personal experiences.
At the end of the Autoethnography Cycle, you will:
- Better understand autoethnographic studies;
- Engage in self-reflective practices;
- Start writing an autoethnographic paper to be submitted for publication