Ethics of Self-Study Research as a Legitimate Methodological Tradition

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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


In this chapter, I approach the ethics of self-study from the perspective of a legitimate methodological tradition that has a historically situated dialogue with common understandings and practices. From this standpoint, I examine three recursive ethical issues in self-study research: (1) struggles with our multiple identities as researchers; (2) tensions among and between collaborators; and (3) the vulnerability of a public-facing methodology. The stable dialogue within self-study literature of these three ethical issues both inspires confidence in the legitimacy of self-study research and also serves as a reminder to continue to expand the theoretical and methodological contours of self-study. In the final section of this chapter, I explore what ethical questions might emerge as the self-study community begins to navigate more critical theoretical and methodological approaches.


Ethics Self-study methods Research methodology 


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