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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2008 Oct-Dec;31(4):342-55. doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000341414.03963.fa.

Engaging racial autoethnography as a teaching tool for womanist inquiry.

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  • 1Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.


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.

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