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Narrative inquiry: embracing the possibilities


Thomas, S, Narrative inquiry: embracing the possibilities, Qualitative Research Journal, 12, (2) pp. 206-221. ISSN 1443-9883 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/14439881211248356


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to promote narrative inquiry as a legitimate and rich research approach for academics undertaking postgraduate studies in higher education learning and teaching. Design/methodology/approach This paper is framed within a personal narrative one that draws upon the author's personal experience as an academic developer. It draws heavily on narrative theory to support its claims. Findings It is argued that when narrative inquiry is presented as a complement to, rather than a replacement for, other research approaches, uptake amongst diverse groups of academics is strong. Furthermore, it is suggested that when accompanied by personal engagement with narrative inquiry and presented within a theoretical framework that honours its history, its robust literature and highlights its fundamental purpose and unique qualities, the possibilities offered by narrative are more likely to be understood and embraced. Research limitations/implications This paper is based upon the experience of one academic working within one university. Originality/value This paper highlights the possibilities offered by narrative inquiry as a research approach for diverse groups of teaching academics.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Higher education, Methodology, Narrative, Narrative analysis, Narrative inquiry, Research
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Comparative and cross-cultural education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thomas, S (Dr Sharon Thomas)
ID Code:80010
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching
Deposited On:2012-10-17
Last Modified:2018-02-09
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