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Autobiographical methods in educational research

Taylor, P.C. (2003) Autobiographical methods in educational research. In: 18th annual conference of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) 2003, 9 August 2003, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley


In the Handbook of Qualitative Research (Denzin & Lincoln, 2000), emerging forms of experimental qualitative research include (amongst others) researcher reflexivity and alternative writing genres. In recent years, graduate students at Curtin's Science and Mathematics Education Centre have been practising experimental qualitative inquiry. An exciting innovation has been the use of autobiographical methods (including auto-ethnography) and impressionistic writing styles. These innovative approaches are perhaps best situated in the arts based domain of educational research, and yet science and mathematics educators, who are normally situated in the domain of scientific inquiry, are finding them to be very fruitful for self study. This interactive symposium, coordinated by Dr Peter Taylor, will afford the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of these relatively new forms of qualitative research, particularly in the context of Doctoral and Masters thesis research.

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