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On Narrative Inquiry (Webster & Mertova, 2007)

Thursday, April 17th, 2008 @ 7:37 pm
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In my data collection phase, i interviewed immigrant  therapists who share with me their stories. It seems that the narrative inquiry approach to research is relevant to my research and thought it is good to inform my thinking with reading a bit of up-to-date literature about it. I found this excellent book:

Webster, L. and Mertova P. (2007) Using Narrative Inquiry as a research method: an introduction to using critical event narrative analysis in research on teaching and learning. London: Routledge

I am recording some quotes below that i could use in my Thesis:

“Narrative inquiry is set in human stories of experience. It provides researchers with a rich framework through which they can investigate the ways humans experience the world depicted through their stories” (p.1)

“Narrative records human experience through teh construction and re-construction of personal stories; it is well suited to addressing issues of complexity and cultural and human centredness because of its capacity to record and retell events that have been of most significance on us” (p.1)

“The concept of narrative can be refined into a view that research is the construction and reconstruction of personal and social stories. Moreover, the narrative can tap the social context or culture in which the construction takes place” (p.4)

“the move towards the use of the narrative approach has been influenced by a philosophical change of thought to a more postmodern view with its interest in the individual and acknowledgement of the influence of experience and culture on the construction of knowledge” (p.4)

The term narrative inquiry was first used by the Canadian researchers Connelly and Clandinin (1990) to describe an alreay developing approach to teacher education that focused on personal storytelling (p.7)

“Narrative as texts, as fiction, as records of interview or experience represent the way in which we have chosen to order and interpret our experience, and are set to reveal the nature and extent of our interests and needs” (p.9)

“Theses in which the researcher has used personal writing to present personal reactions and experiences to the study have been accepted as legitimate grounds for the awarding of various degrees including masters and doctoral level awards in Education” (Hanrahan and Cooper, 1995). those authors also note narrative inquiry’s embracing of change, even including radical change, during the research process. This allows the researcher to maintain integrity in conducting and reporting the research, because it removes the pressure to present only one single consistent story” (p.18)(Hanraham, M and Cooper, T. 1995 ‘Aye, its delicious, but that’s no’ how y’ make porridge! Personal writing for learning in a science education PhD, 25th Annual National Conference of the AARE, Hobart, november 1995, online available at, accessed on…)



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