Telling tales on either side of the teacher: methods of researching professional and biographical transformations in the context of Education

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Abstract

This paper discusses the approaches and research methods used in two projects which examine professional transformations on ‘either side’ of the school teacher. The authors consider how the projects drew upon the different yet potentially complimentary methodological approaches of discourse analysis and autoethnography in the examination of professional identity. Following a description of the projects and the chosen methods, which includes discussion of the respective traditions from which they stem, the approaches are compared and contrasted through analysis of their application with a focus upon their various advantages and limitations within these particular contexts. The authors discuss these examples in terms of the wider discussion of quality and rigour in qualitative research and as a contribution to the debates on the complementarity of different qualitative approaches.
Original languageEnglish
JournalReconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

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Keywords

  • autoethnography
  • discourse analysis
  • qualitative research methods

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