1st Edition

Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research

By Gary Barkhuizen, Phil Benson, Alice Chik Copyright 2014
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research provides an entry-level introduction to research methods using stories, as data or as a means of presenting findings, that is grounded in published empirical research within the field of language teaching and learning. It discusses basic definitions and concepts in narrative inquiry, explains how and why narrative methods have been used in language teaching and learning research, and outlines the different approaches and topics covered by this research. It also examines the different ways of eliciting, analyzing, and presenting narrative inquiry data.Narrative inquiry offers exciting prospects for language teaching and learning research and this book is the first focused and practical guide for readers who are interested in understanding or carrying out narrative studies.

    Part I: Narrative Inquiry. Chapter 1: Narrative Inquiry. Part II: Collecting narrative data. Chapter 2: Narrative interviews. Chapter 3: Written narratives. Chapter 4: Multimedia narratives. Part III: Analyzing and presenting narrative data. Chapter 5: Data analysis in Narrative Inquiry. Chapter 6: Writing up narrative studies.


    Gary Barkhuizen is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at University of Auckland.

    Phil Benson is Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies at The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

    Alice Chik is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong.

    'This book is a very user friendly presentation of how to do qualitative narrative research with a focus on language teaching and research. The authors intend the book to be a how-to manual. The entire book, and each individual chapter, is well laid out. Very useful examples and illustrations are given throughout, and there is a boxed summary at the end of each chapter with a bulleted list of the topics covered.' - Susan Joffe, Bar-Ilan University, The LINGUIST List

    '...I wish to emphasize that this research manual is a compelling and thoughtful journey through the field of narrative inquiry applied to language teaching and learning research as it is understood today. The examples engage the reader and offer plenty of practical ideas as to how to actually carry out narrative inquiry...The final discussion opens interesting questions to both novice and experienced researchers working in the field, as well as to teacher educators and researchers in ELT who will find in narratives a new resource to inquire into teaching and learning processes from a bottom-up and reflexive perspective.' - Adriana PatiƱo-Santos, University of Southampton, UK