Collaborative analytic autoethnography in action research

Blog post by Sandra Acosta

My co-authors and I hope that you will consider organizing a CAAE group (or begin on your own). The promise of action research is the generating of practical knowledge through awareness and reflective action. Moreover, as practitioner-autoethnographers moving through these action cycles using CAAE, you will investigate the dissonance and consonance of your professional and personal identities and evaluate their fit. Additionally, we encourage you to examine the power structures within which your practices are embedded to gain insights into the systems, contexts and potential origins of your individual and professional beliefs and perspectives.

CAAE, as an action research approach, builds understanding of social relationships and of how knowledge is negotiated through social networks, while improving our awareness of the complex systems within the workplace. By analyzing the themes that we glean from a CAAE we become better situated to make sense of our practice in the past, present and potential future.

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