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Exploring the Self as Researcher: An Autoethnographic Look at Qualitative Research Teams   

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In this study we examined our experiences with participating in qualitative research teams and the extent to which such experiences affected our understanding of the self as researcher. Using autoethnographic methods and the theory of bildung (Kim, Morrison & Ramzinski, 2019), we analyzed our autobiographical writing over participating in research teams to examine how these experiences shaped our identities as qualitative researchers. This exploration led us to the following themes about fostering agentic researcher identities in the midst of strained teams: (1) self-accountability, (2) belonging and sustainability, (3) multi-tiered mentoring, (4) epistemological orientation and resilience, and (5) rhizomatic thinking. Further, our research demonstrated the critical role of reflexivity in the process of becoming a qualitative researcher.