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Unit information: Auto-Ethnography in 2015/16

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Unit name Auto-Ethnography
Unit code EDUCD0071
Credit points 20
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Speedy
Open unit status Not open

Narrative Inquiry for Narrative Pathway


Understanding Educational Research, Preparation for Dissertation

School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is designed to give participants a critical awareness of writing as a research method. The unit will explore, review and practice creative, evocative, poetic, experimental and engaging writing strategies as legitimate re-search sites. Fictionalised and creative research accounts, layered accounts, and poetic narratives will be included as examples within a range of written re-presentation methods. There will be opportunities to participate in critical reading groups and writers workshops and improve writing strategies and critical capacities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

It is anticipated that upon completion of this unit participants will have:

  • Developed a knowledge and understanding of writing as a method of inquiry and of narrative ethics and aesthetics
  • Identified, evaluated and experimented with a range of writing strategies in terms of research process and progress as well as ‘product’
  • Demonstrated and situated their own developing writing style(s)

Teaching Information

Teaching and learning opportunities will include presentations, seminars, critical reading groups and creative writing workshops.

Assessment Information

Either a written or multimodal assignment equivalent to 4000 words.

Reading and References

  • Brettell, C (1997) Blurred genres and blended voices: life history, biography, autobiography and the auto-ethnography of women’s lives, In: Reed-Danahay, D (Ed.) Auto/ethnography: Researching the self and the social, Oxford: Berg
  • Holman-Jones, S (2005) Auto-ethnography: Making the personal political, in: Denzin, N & Lincoln, Y (Eds.) (3rd Ed.) Sage Handbook Of Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Delamont, S (2009) The only honest thing: autoethnography, reflexivity and small crises in fieldwork, Ethnography and Education, 4(1), 51-63.
  • Anderson, L (2006) Analytic Autoethnography, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 35; 373-395.
  • Ellis, C & Bochner, A (2006) Analyzing Analytic Autoethnography: An Autopsy, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 35(4), 429-449.
  • Sparkes, A (2001) Auto-ethnography: self indulgence or something more, in: Bochner, A & Ellis, C (Eds.) Ethnographically Speaking, Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press