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

du Preez, Jan (2008) Locating the researcher in the research : Personal narrative and reflective practice. Reflective Practice, 9(4), pp. 509-519.

View at publisher


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.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

761 since deposited on 17 Mar 2009
90 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 18809
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/14623940802431499
ISSN: 1470-1103
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Reflective Practice. Reflective Practice is available online at informaworldTM with http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14623943.asp
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2009 01:26
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2010 05:12

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page