Thanks, Jeffrey. From my point of view meaning is constructed in collaboration – and this starts with language (think Symbolic Interactionism for instance), even in inner dialogues our reference framework is constructed by the outside and never entirely autonomous. That’s why for me and my research auto-ethnography and the related auto-biographical writing and researching can only be part of a wider triangulatory approach.
I am aware that in educational sciences there is a strong focus on learning and reflective practice (I think it would add value to reflect on this as discuss the underlying agenda) – but from a sociological perspective this is of limited value for the audiences and readers, they will learn according to their needs which in turn are not static but contingent on time-space configurations. Reflexivity is the approach that deals with decision-making and justification of methods which reflect epistemological and ontological considerations.