Autoethnography in vocational psychology: wearing your class on your sleeve

McIlveen, Peter and Beccaria, Gavin and du Preez, Jan and Patton, Wendy (2010) Autoethnography in vocational psychology: wearing your class on your sleeve. Journal of Career Development, 37 (3). pp. 599-615. ISSN 0894-8453

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This paper addresses reflective practice in research and practice and takes the issue of consciousness of social class in vocational psychology as a working example. It is argued that the discipline's appreciation of social class can be advanced through application of the qualitative research method autoethnography. Excerpts from an autoethnographic study are used to explore the method's potential. This reflexive research method is presented as a potential vehicle to improve vocational psychologists' own class consciousness, and to concomitantly enhance their capacity to grasp social class within their own spheres of research and practice. It is recommended that autoethnography be used for research, training, and professional development for vocational psychologists.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2010 01:51
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: social class; autoethnography; critical consciousness; qualitative research
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0894845309357048

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