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Reading on Narrative Inquiry

Friday, January 26th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm
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Today I have been having many ‘stories’ in my head around how many of my autobiographical STORIES may be affecting the research process. This is something I have discussed with WW during a supervision session in the past and it also came up as a theme on a number of occassions recently, one when attending Kim Etherigton’s workshop in November and another when talking with Sophia B. in Crete about her own PhD. I think it would be helpful if I did some reading on this topic. A good start would be the following books:

-Speedy, J. (2004) Narrative inquiry and life story research in counselling and psychotherapy.London: MacMillan

-Clandinin, D.J. & Connelly, F.M. (2004) Narrative Inquiry:Experience and Story in Qualitative Research. John Wiley and Sons

-McAdams, D. P. (1997) The Stories we live by:Personal Myths and the Making of the Self.Guilford Press

In this link, it says about NI:

“Narrative inquiry is the process of gathering information for the purpose of research through storytelling. The researcher then writes a narrative of the experience. Connelly and Clandinin (1990) note that, “Humans are storytelling organisms who, individually and collectively, lead storied lives. Thus, the study of narrative is the study of the ways humans experience the world.” In other words, people’s lives consist of stories.Field notes, interviews, journals, letters, autobiographies, and orally told stories are all methods of narrative inquiry. For example, a researcher might do a study on the way in which fourth grade girls define their social roles in school. A researcher might look at such things as notes and journal entries,and might also interview the girls and spend time observing them. After this, the researcher would then construct her own narrative of the study, using such conventions as scene and plot. As Connelly and Clandinin also note,”Research is a collaborative document, a mutually constructed story out of the lives of both researcher and participant.”

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