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

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du Preez, Jan. 2008. "Locating the researcher in the research: personal narrative and reflective practice." Reflective Practice. 9 (4), pp. 509-519. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623940802431499
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Locating the researcher in the research: personal narrative and reflective practice

ERA Journal ID22039
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Authordu Preez, Jan
Journal TitleReflective Practice
Journal Citation9 (4), pp. 509-519
Number of Pages14
Year2008
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1462-3943
1470-1103
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14623940802431499
Web Address (URL)http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/14623940802431499
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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.

Keywordsautoethnography; counselling; life history; narrative; reflective practice
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441006. Sociological methodology and research methods
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