‘Research makes me strong’: An Oriental perspective towards using an autoethnographic approach
Keywords:action research, reflective practice, preservice teacher education, communicative competence
Having received critical comments from academic journal reviewers, the Author reflects on herself and her practices, which led to her thinking back to the start of her career as an Action Researcher and exploring ways to study herself and hence what it means to write an autoethnography. The exploration included a relevant literature review, which suggested to her that its writing process may inevitably lead authors to be engaged in the negotiation of their own identity, and an interview with a former colleague who has attempted to use autoethnography in her Action Research (AR) practice. The Author claims writing an autoethnography could help us negotiate our own identities through shuttling between them and through a dialogic relationship with ourselves, which is why it may be worth incorporating autoethnography into an AR practice. Most notably, the colleague’s word, which is that research made her strong, may mean everything to the Author.
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