Locating the researcher in the research: personal narrative and reflective practice

du Preez, Jan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2077-3524 (2008) Locating the researcher in the research: personal narrative and reflective practice. Reflective Practice, 9 (4). pp. 509-519. ISSN 1462-3943

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This paper illustrates how personal narrative and reflective practice are used as the basis for an ethnographic account that locates the researcher in the research endeavour. It provides an overview of narrative inquiry as a means of reflective practice. Two narrative approaches - life history/autobiographical narrative and autoethnography - are briefly introduced and evidence is presented of the application of these approaches in a number of discipline areas. This serves to highlight the relative dearth of literature reporting the use of autoethnography in particular in the counselling and psychology fields, either in terms of research or practical applications. After outlining the background of the author's doctoral study, the paper illustrates how autoethnography is employed as an example of reflective practice. Concluding remarks address a reflection of the experience of writing the paper, including reference to criteria for evaluating autoethnographic writing.

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Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Author Posting. (c)'Taylor & Francis', 2008. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of 'Taylor & Francis' for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Reflective Practice, Volume 9 Issue 4, November 2008.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2009 06:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: autoethnography; counselling; life history; narrative; reflective practice
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441006 Sociological methodology and research methods
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14623940802431499
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5093

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