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Engaging in Narrative Inquiries with Children and Youth

1st Edition

By Jean Clandinin, Vera Caine, Sean Lessard, Janice Huber


238 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Renowned scholar and founder of the practice of narrative inquiry, D. Jean Clandinin, and her coauthors provide researchers with the theoretical underpinnings and processes for conducting narrative inquiry with children and youth. Exploring the unique ability of narratives to elucidate the worldview of research subjects, the authors highlight the unique steps and issues of working with these special populations. The authors

  • address key ethical issues of anonymity and confidentiality, the relational issues of co-composing field and research texts with subjects, and working within the familial contexts of children and youth;
  • include numerous examples from the authors’ studies and others – many from indigenous communities-- to show narrative inquiry in action;
  • should be invaluable to researchers in education, family relations, child development, and children’s health and services.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Narrative Inquiry: A Relational Research Methodology

Chapter 2: Elements of Design in Narrative Inquiry

Chapter 3: Narrative Beginnings in Work with Children and Youth

Chapter 4: Living within the Layered Landscapes of Narrative Inquiry

Chapter 5: Finding Participants Within and Outside Institutional Contexts

Chapter 6: Negotiating Entry with Children and Youth

Chapter 7: Ongoing Wakefulness to Multiple Stories to Live By: Ripples Into Lives

Chapter 8: Coming Alongside Children and Youth in the Field Within Familial Contexts

Chapter 9: Co-composing Field Texts with Children and Youth

Chapter 10: Moving to Interim Research Texts with Children and Youth

Chapter 11: Meeting Donovan: A Narrative Account

Chapter 12: Moral and Ethical Considerations Around Representations in Final Research Texts

Chapter 13: Issues of Quality: Touchstones of Narrative Inquiry with Children and Youth

Chapter 14: The Relational Ethics of Narrative Inquiry



About the Authors

About the Series

Developing Qualitative Inquiry

Books in the Developing Qualitative Inquiry series, written by leaders in qualitative inquiry, address important topics in qualitative methods. Targeted to a broad multi-disciplinary readership, the books are inteded for mid-level to advanced researchers and advanced students. The series forwards the field of qualitative inquiry by describing new methods or developing particular aspects of established methods.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research