This reflective paper explores Tara's doctoral research journey of realization and adaptation in auto/ethnography as a transformative research methodology. While reflecting on Tara’s journey, the auto/ethnographic paper emphasizes cultural perspectives, interpreting one's own experiences, thoughts, actions, and behaviors relating to society and culture. Likewise, auto/ethnography investigates and associates an individual's confrontation within specific educational, societal, and cultural contexts. With this ethos, the paper demonstrates how Tara, a mathematics teacher and doctoral student, encountered and observed auto/ethnography and discovered it as a path to transformation as a paradigm shift in transformative educational research by connecting lives and research (Dahal et al., 2022) considering the basis of ethics in auto/ethnography (Dahal & Luitel, 2022). Next, in this scenario of residing in cultural and societal context dealing with Tara’s emotions and settings of an education system, we have explored the journey of realization and adaption on how auto/ethnography blends analytic, evocative, and performative realms. Overall, we also realized that auto/ethnography guided us to delve through the past, present, and possible future experiences and unlatch Tara’s eyes to visualize a new era of research for upcoming generations in teaching and learning mathematics that reaches out to society and the nation whilst shifting to transformative educational research.
reflective, auto/ethnography, realization and adaptation, transformative research, research journey, mathematics teacher, transformative educational research
We want to thank everyone who helped us edit and improve our article. We're grateful to the reviewer and editors of the TQR for their suggestions, comments, and directions that helped make this article publishable. Likewise, we are really grateful to Maria Papantoniou-Frangoul, senior editor, for offering the important issues during the editing process of the paper. Also, we owe a lot to the Kathmandu University School of Education, Nepal, for giving us a research-based environment and continued support.
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Paudel, T., Luitel, B., & Dahal, N. (2023). Journey of Realization and Adaptation through Auto/Ethnography: A Shift to Transformative Educational Research. The Qualitative Report, 28(4), 1017-1037. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.5649
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