Using Narrative Inquiry for Educational Research in the Asia Pacific
Narrative inquiry is being used more widely in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Northern European countries to conduct research across a range of disciplines. It is gaining popularity in Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China, but research in these contexts continues to be dominated by quantitative and more traditional qualitative approaches. Narrative inquirers in these areas can, therefore, find it problematic to have the value of their work acknowledged. This book demonstrates creatively, accessibly and rigorously the ways in which narrative inquiry as a methodological approach, already more firmly established in Australia and New Zealand, is gaining a foothold in other parts of the Asia Pacific region. Contributors to the book write about their use of narrative inquiry in, for example, the Confucian heritage cultures (CHC) of Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Macao and the Anglo-Celtic cultures of Australia and New Zealand.
Chapters in the book include:
- Creative Non-Fiction Across Cultures in Asia Pacific Contexts
- Riding the Wave of Education Reform: Using a Reflecting Team to Explore the Professional Identities of School Counsellors in Hong Kong
- Is the Silent Mode On? Re-searching Teachers' Voices in Macao through Narrative Research
- Narrative Inquiry and the Exploration of Culture for Improving Teacher Education
This book will appeal to researchers across all sectors of education, in particular those who are exploring, the use of qualitative research methods in their context. Those interested in comparative education and cross-cultural studies will also find this book valuable.
Table of Contents
1. Preface Sheila Trahar and Wai Ming Yu 2. A Journey in the Land of the Long White Cloud: A Thai academic doing narrative inquiry in Aotearoa New Zealand Adisorn Juntrasook 3. Enabling Narratives in the ‘Unhomely’ Field of Higher Education Research Wendy Green 4. Embracing New Narratives in Singapore Renee Tan 5. Conversations with Bruce Lee: Capturing the richness and complexities of Chinese stories Crystal Cheung 6. Creative Non-Fiction Across Cultures in Asia Pacific Contexts Jane Horan 7. Riding the Wave of Education Reform: Using a reflecting team to explore the professional identities of school counsellors in Hong Kong Mabel Shek 8. Enhancing Understanding across Generations through Sharing Personal Narratives Wai Ming Yu 9. Is the Silent Mode On? Re-searching Teachers' Voices in Macao through Narrative Research Sou Kuan Vong and Matilda Wong 10. Narrative Inquiry and the Exploration of Culture for Improving Teacher Education Yim Mei Chan, Esther 11. Ethical Boundaries and Considerations in Cross-Cultural Narrative Inquiry Shijing Xu 12. What Did I Learn from Studying One Family?: A narrative inquiry into my family’s cultural and educational experiences in Hong Kong and Toronto C.K. Lau 13. In the Minority yet Finding a Voice: The value of using narrative inquiry in exploring multiple identities in Hong Kong Eunice Pui-yu Yim 14. Identity and Identity Education of Hong Kong Chinese People: A narrative self-study of an educator Francis N.K. Chan
Sheila Margaret Trahar is a Reader in International Higher Education at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education, UK.
Wai Ming Yu is Assistant Professor and Associate Head at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
"A pioneering book that captures the growing body of literature in Asia Pacific by scholars using the contested research of Narrative Inquiry." Dr. Betty C. Eng, Research Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Formerly of City University of Hong Kong, Department of Applied Social Studies