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Autoethnography in vocational psychology : wearing your class on your sleeve

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

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 38903
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Social Class, Autoethnography, Critical Consciousness, Qualitative Research
DOI: 10.1177/0894845309357048
ISSN: 0894-8453
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2010 14:08
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:24

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