Autoethnography as a method of facilitating critical reflexivity for professional doctorate students

  • Catherine Hayes Faculty of Applied Sciences University of Sunderland United Kingdom
  • John Anthony Fulton Faculty of Applied Sciences University of Sunderland United Kingdom
Keywords: Autoethnography, Critical Reflexivity, Professional Doctorate

Abstract

This paper explores autoethnography within the context of the professional doctorate and argues that it is an excellent way of linking theory to the practical situation. The paper commences by defining the ââ¬Ësecond generationââ¬â¢ of professional doctorates (Maxwell, 2003) where the focus is directed primarily to work-based learning and the development of work-based practice. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the development of practice and their contribution to this in a fundamentally original approach. The researcher is central in the practical or work-based situation and the process of autoethnography can structure and guide the research process, by providing structure to the process of reflexivity. The paper considers two broad approaches to autoethnography: the traditional approach and the post-modernist approach. The post-modernist approach presents challenges in the ways in which the work is presented: a central argument of the paper is that despite the novel ways of presentation, the work should have a strong theoretical base. The paper concludes by summarising the role of autoethnography in the professional doctorate: autoethnography provides a factually accurate and comprehensive overview of the professional doctorate candidateââ¬â¢s career trajectory. It should act as a driver of self-explication for the professional doctorate student thus providing a degree of both catalytic and educative authenticity, and provide an insight for the reader of the professional doctoral thesis.

Author Biographies

Catherine Hayes, Faculty of Applied Sciences University of Sunderland United Kingdom
Senior Lecturer in Health, Department of Pharmacy Health and Wellbeing, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sunderland
John Anthony Fulton, Faculty of Applied Sciences University of Sunderland United Kingdom
Principal Lecturer in Health, Department of Pharmacy Health and Wellbeing, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sunderland
Published
2015-03-24
How to Cite
Hayes, C. and Fulton, J. A. (2015) “Autoethnography as a method of facilitating critical reflexivity for professional doctorate students”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, 0(8). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.v0i8.237.
Section
Opinion Pieces