Telling stories about the law school: autoethnography and legal education

Gregersen, Elaine (2022) Telling stories about the law school: autoethnography and legal education. The Law Teacher, 56 (2). pp. 241-256. ISSN 0306-9400

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Autoethnography is a contemporary qualitative approach to research and writing where the researcher uses their lived experience as data. Autoethnographers reflect deeply on, and make sense of, their own struggles as well as exploring cultural practices and beliefs. A diverse range of academic disciplines have embraced autoethnography as a research method. Legal education, however, rarely mentions autoethnography. This is a pivotal time. We have an opportunity to enhance the quality of legal education research, particularly where law teachers want to utilise creative, literary techniques and draw on personal experiences. This article provides the first comprehensive assessment of the practicalities and pitfalls of doing autoethnography in legal education research. It uses lived experience narrative, employing first-person present tense storytelling, to examine and extend discussions on major methodological issues faced by autoethnographers. Above all, however, this article challenges law teachers to develop robust and rigorous autoethnographic research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legal education, autoethnography, research methods, qualitative research, personal experience research
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2021 08:19
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2023 08:00

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