Pinar, William F., "'Whole, Bright, Deep with Understanding': Issues in Qualitative Research and Autobiographical Method," Journal of Curriculum Studies , 13(July-September, 1981), 173-188. Reprinted pp. 134-153 in William F. Pinar, ed., Contemporary Curriculum Discourses . Scottsdale, AZ: Gorsuch Scarisbrick, 1988. Reprinted pp. 608-623 in James R. Gress, ed., Curriculum: An Introduction to the Field . Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 1988.


Contrasts autobiographical method with ethnographic and aesthetic forms of qualitative research and sets forth its unique aspects.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Aesthetic Inquiry and Curriculum Criticism, Ethnographic Inquiry, Phenomenological Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation, Qualitative Research, Comparisons Among Inquiry Modes, Self-Knowledge


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