‘Research makes me strong’: An Oriental perspective towards using an autoethnographic approach


  • Tamiko Kondo University of the Ryukyus


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.

Author Biography

Tamiko Kondo, University of the Ryukyus

Tamiko Kondo is a lecturer in English language education and applied linguistics in the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies at University of the Ryukyus in Japan. She has been practicing action research and her main research fields are teacher professional education. Her recent research interests include pre-service and in-service teacher education using an action research approach, qualitative research, reflective practice and communicative competence. She is also trying to incorporate the action research methodology into the discipline of applied linguistics.




How to Cite

Kondo, T. (2023). ‘Research makes me strong’: An Oriental perspective towards using an autoethnographic approach. Action Learning and Action Research Journal, 29(1), 13–28. Retrieved from https://alarj.alarassociation.org/index.php/alarj/article/view/273