Autoethnography as a method for reflexive research and practice in vocational psychology

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: (2008) Autoethnography as a method for reflexive research and practice in vocational psychology. Australian Journal of Career Development, 17 (2). pp. 13-20. ISSN 1038-4162

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This paper overviews the qualitative research method autoethnography and its relevance to research in vocational psychology and practice in career development. Autoethnography is a reflexive means by which the researcher-practitioner consciously embeds himself or herself amidst theory and practice, and by way of intimate autobiographic account, explicates a phenomenon under investigation or intervention. Autoethnography is presented as a vehicle to operationalise social constructionist research and practice that aims to establish trustworthiness and authenticity. Furthermore, the method is presented as a means to operationalise the notion of critical consciousness within researchers and practitioners. It is concluded that autoethnography should be admitted to the methodological repertoire of methods for vocational psychology research and practice.

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Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This journal is available online. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the ACER journal. It is not a copy of the record. Final and authorised version first published in the Australian Journal of Career Development in Volume 17, Number 2, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Copyright 2008 Australian Council for Educational Research.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2008 10:51
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 00:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: vocational psychology; autoethnography; qualitative research; reflective practice; career counselling
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified

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