This book provides a much needed up-to-date introduction to the topic of narrative inquiry – which has seen a growing interest in recent years. Narrative inquiry provides researchers with a framework through which they can investigate the ways humans experience the world depicted through their stories. The book looks at how this method can effectively be applied as a means of research in a range of contexts, including flexible, open and distance or workplace learning. It demonstrates the value and utility of employing narrative as a research tool in a range of teaching and learning settings and includes chapters on background, methodology and case studies to illustrate the application of narrative inquiry as a research method.
1. Introduction: Why Narrative? 2. Narrative in Research 3. Philosophies and Theories Underpinning Narrative 4. Analysing and Reporting Narrative in Research 5. New Ways of Viewing Validity and Reliability in Research 6. Applying Narrative – Case Studies 7. Conclusion