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Engaging racial autoethnography as a teaching tool for womanist inquiry
ANS.Advances in nursing science
  • Janette Y. Taylor, University of Iowa
  • Melissa Lehan Mackin, University of Iowa
  • A. M. Oldenburg
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Peer Reviewed
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Ans Adv Nurs Sci
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Racial autobiography, self-narratives on how one learned about the idea of race, has been underutilized as a tool to familiarize and orient students in the process of critical inquiry for nursing research. The aims of this article are to explore how racial autoethnography: (1) repositions students to effect an epistemological change, (2) challenges dominant ideology, and (3) functions as a link between the student and critical theories for use in nursing research. Students engage in and share reflective narrative about a variety of instructional materials used in the course. Reflective narratives are presented in a framework that addresses white racial identity development.

  • African Americans/ethnology,
  • Anthropology,
  • Cultural/education/organization & administration,
  • Attitude of Health Personnel/ethnology,
  • Attitude to Health/ethnology,
  • Autobiography as Topic,
  • Curriculum,
  • Education,
  • Nursing,
  • Graduate/organization & administration,
  • European Continental Ancestry Group/ethnology,
  • Faculty,
  • Nursing,
  • Feminism,
  • Humans,
  • Narration,
  • Nursing Methodology Research/education/organization & administration,
  • Nursing Theory,
  • Philosophy,
  • Nursing,
  • Power (Psychology),
  • Prejudice,
  • Qualitative Research,
  • Research Design,
  • Self Concept,
  • Social Justice,
  • Teaching/organization & administration,
  • Thinking,
  • United States
Published Article/Book Citation
ANS.Advances in nursing science, 31:4 (2008) pp.342-355. DOI:10.1097/01.ANS.0000341414.03963.fa.
Citation Information
Janette Y. Taylor, Melissa Lehan Mackin and A. M. Oldenburg. "Engaging racial autoethnography as a teaching tool for womanist inquiry" ANS.Advances in nursing science Vol. 31 Iss. 4 (2008) p. 342 - 355 ISSN: 1550-5014
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