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In this assignment you will think deeply about the influences that have had an impact on who you are today as a person and as a professional. After that deep thinking, you will create a digital video to tell that story. This can be done in a variety of ways, but the narrated slideshow with some background music seems to work very well. See the examples below in addition to doing a search for the term “autoethnography” on YouTube.
An autoethnography is different from an autobiography because you are writing about yourself in relation to a group or community. You are bringing a critical perspective to your life story. In other words, you are weaving together your personal experiences into your identity as an educator and community member. This assignment is an opportunity for you to reflect on how your race, class, gender, sexuality, class status, religion, and political identity, etc., have affected you as a student, educator, and community member. Your autoethnography should speak to specific conversations, experiences, and memories in relation to who you have become and your worldview. You will present your autoethnography via video or multimedia project. Please feel free to incorporate objects, photos, poetry, prose, music, stories, film, etc. Creativity is a must!
Here is an example of an autoethnography that Curt Rees completed. He shares that it was easily the most favorite and worthwhile assignment he has done in all of his graduate work. Curt’s Autoethnography
Questions to address as you plan your autoethnography:
In short, tell a story about who you are (personally and professionally) and why you became that person.