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Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research

1st Edition

By Gary Barkhuizen, Phil Benson, Alice Chik


138 pages

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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.


'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 Patiño-Santos, University of Southampton, UK

Table of Contents

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.

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Second Language Acquisition Research Series

The Second Language Acquisition Research series presents and explores issues bearing directly on theory construction and/or research methods in the study of second language acquisition. Its titles (both authored and edited volumes) provide thorough and timely overviews of high-interest topics, and include key discussions of existing research findings and their implications. A special emphasis of the series is reflected in the monographs dealing with specific data collection methods or instruments.  Each of these monographs addresses the kinds of research questions for which the method/instrument is best suited, offers extended description of its use, and outlines the problems associated with its use. The volumes in this series will be invaluable to students and scholars alike, and perfect for use in courses on research methodology and in individual research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General