Using Autobiography in Arts Education.

Year: 2000

Author: DE VRIES, P

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The proposed paper will describe how I used autobiography to examine my lived experience as a primary school music teacher. The primary data source for the study was my autobiographical novel. A methodology based around phenomenology and autobiography was used resulting in a research design consisting of 1) writing autobiographical narrative; 2) analysing the narrative; 3) reflecting on these themes, and more specifically the "reality" of events; 4) interviewing characters from the narrative to reflect on the themes that emerged from the autobiographical narrative; and 5) documenting the research literature on each theme to gain a greater insight into the contributions which my experiences can make to this body of literature.