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Explorations in Narrative Research

Goodson, Ivor F., Loveless, Avril M., Stephens, David (Eds.)



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There has been a major ‘turn’ towards narrative, biographical and life history approaches in the academy over the last 30 years. What are some of the new directions in narrative research? How do narrative research approaches help us to understand the world differently? What do we learn by listening to stories and narratives? How do narratives extend our understanding that other research approaches do not? This collection of work grows from a symposium organised to explore new directions in narrative research. What emerges is a fascinating, innovative and generative series of essays, generally exploring narrative enquiry and more specifically themes of culture and context, identity, teacher education and methodology. This book will be useful for students and researchers using narrative and biographical methods in a range of disciplines, including education, sociology, cultural and development studies.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » culture and context - identity - methodology - narrative research - teacher education

Related subjects » Education & Language

Table of contents 

Preface; 1. Investigating Narrativity: An Introductory Talk: 2. Urgently in Need of a Different Story: Questioning Totalising Frameworks; 3. Narratives and Old Age; 4. Learning from Stories, Stories of Learning; 5. Negotiation and Renegotiation of Gender Identities: Narratives of Two Hong Kong Teachers; 6. ‘Just Because I’m from Africa, They Think I’ll Want to do Narrative’: Problematising Narrative Inquiry; 7. Questioning the Narrative of More Male Teachers as the Easy Solution to Problems in Swedish Schools; 8. Narratives and Testimonies: Hearing the Voices, Writing the Impressions, Changing the Meaning; 9. The Personal in the Professional Lives of School Leaders: Relating Stories Within Stories; 10. Body and Soul: A Study of Narratives of Creative People who Teach; 11. Truths, Truths and Treating People Properly: Ethical Considerations for Researchers who use Narrative and Auto/Biographical Approaches; 12. Professional Identities in Retired Teacher Educator’s Life Stories: The Global and Local Contexts of Life Story Interviews; Biographies.

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