To lean in means to press forward or to move toward something. Leaning in is a deliberate way to approach something whether it is a strong wind or a new skill. Leaning in describes my stance toward autoethnography. I am making a step forward to understand what autoethnography is and how I might be able to use it in my personal research agenda. In reviewing the various approaches to autoethnography, I have found that Autoethnography as Method by Heewon Chang offers a comfortable entry point. Her methodical approach and practical guidelines for doing autoethnography are appealing and useful in creating a balance of reflection, analysis, and interpretation.


Autoethnography, Qualitative Methods, Ethnography, Triad

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Martha (Marti) Snyder is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Her research focuses on designs for learning in technology-enhanced environments. She may be contacted at smithmt@nova.edu.

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