Autoethnography and Teacher Development

By Jon Austin and Andrew Hickey.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Autoethnography has largely been deployed in formal therapeutic situations, with its potential for application in general personal and professional development only now emerging. Autoethnography presents valuable opportunities for application in situations requiring a connection between self-understanding and broader socialization processes. This paper explores the nature of autoethnographic approaches to research, including various methodological issues pertaining to Self as data-source, and describes initial outcomes of a research project aimed at illuminating procedural and epistemological issues attached to the use of autoethnography in teacher education and professional development situations. The importance of excavating Self and identity through the autoethnographic process is highlighted with the paper drawing upon examples from practice to illustrate possibilities for the deployment of agency through critical analyses of Self.

Keywords: Autoethnography, Teacher Education, Memory work, Conscientisation, Critical Pedagogy

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.369-378. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 539.139KB).

Jon Austin

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Jon is a long–term member of the academic staff of the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. Coming from an early childhood teaching background, his doctorate was in the area of whiteness and white ethnicity. Jon is currently pursuing research interests in Autoethnography and new approaches in qualitative research methodologies.

Dr. Andrew Hickey

Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Social Theory, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Andrew is Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Social Theory with the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. He has a background in Sociology, Cultural Studies and Information Management and is currently writing in areas of ‘representation politics’ and notions of community identities. His doctoral work is currently examining relationships between the individual and the community and the function of community in contemporary urban spaces.

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