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Being a Fish Inside and Outside the Waters of Self-Study

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In this autoethnographic study, the authors promote the value of self-study while simultaneously questioning certain assumptions associated with how it is typically enacted. To accomplish these ends, A1 steps back from his understanding of self-study by writing analytical notes on his past as a self-study researcher, and on his present, attempting to teach self-study to others. Together with regular conversations with A2, these data sources yield an “autoethnography of discontent”. Analysis of this autoethnography suggests reframing three of self-study’s methodological criteria; including the degree to which it is self-focused, incorporates relationality and critical friendship, and is improvement-aimed. We contend that making these broad allowances will contribute to a more robust and inclusive paradigm.