How to make students’ dreams come true is the central focus of this autoethnography that chronicles the story of the transformation of a traditional undergraduate communication research methods course into a new and creative dream research methods course. Pedagogical and institutional issues in teaching the traditional methods course join personal influences in my life story to birth the new dream research methods course. The content and format of the new course are described chronologically using personal stories, student perspectives, advice to teachers, and reflection questions. I encourage teachers, by experimenting with the ideas in the dream research methods course, to serve as midwives for helping bring their students’ dreams to birth.
Research Methods, Dreams, Teaching, Learning, Autoethnography, Purple Cow
I wish to acknowledge my early teachers of social science, Cal Hylton, and Michael and Judee Burgon, and my later teachers of autoethnography that I only knew from their writings, Bud Goodall, Jr., Carolyn Ellis, and Robert Coles.
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Baesler, E. J. (2017). Teaching Students How to Make Their Dreams Come True: An Autoethnography of Developing and Teaching the Dream Research Methods Course. The Qualitative Report, 22(12), 3186-3209. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.3056
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