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Using Narrative in Research

Using Narrative in Research

October 2011 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Serving as an introduction to narrative methods and narrative analysis, Christine Bold's new book provides students, researchers, and other professionals with an introduction to the theory and practice of narrative approaches in research. This book provides clear coverage of the informing theories and principles that underpin narrative traditions and offers the reader guidance on the main methods of collecting and analyzing narrative data.

This book does everything that a methods book needs to do. It is practical, yet sets out the theory and history behind the approach, and it looks explicitly at design, ethics, data gathering, data analysis and writing as an ongoing process of narrative research. Bold's text deals comprehensively with conceptual issues within narrative research and is driven throughout by a range of real research specific examples of narrative analysis in action.

This is an ideal text for any student, researcher or professional interested in understanding and using narrative in research and analysis; it practical, example-driven coverage is ideally suited to those new to the field.

Narrative Beginnings
Autobiography, Biography and Fiction

What Is Narrative?
Designing Research Projects with a Narrative Approach
Ethics and a Narrative Approach
Narrative Thinking
Provoking and Sustaining Reflective Thought

Collecting Narrative Data
Analyzing Narrative Data
Representative Constructions in Narrative Analysis
Reporting Narrative Research

Really like this book, well written. Just it is a bit marginal as a method as yet.

Dr Jon Cryer
School of Sport & Leisure, Gloucestershire University
September 12, 2013

I have used this book in my teacher education course and the feedback I got from my students is that it is essential material for the course. Next year I will include it into my course as an essential requirement.

Dr Yasemin Kirkgoz
Teacher Education Department, Cukurova University
May 7, 2013

A very useful overview of the methodology used in narrative research, including various research strategies.

Mrs Ivana Milković
Department of English language, Faculty of Teacher Education
April 26, 2013

This is a clear and concise guide to using narrative as an approach to research. The postgraduate students I work with who are using this technique have found the text key in the formation of their thinking. A fantastic resources!

Professor Alison Kington
Institute of Education, Worcester University
April 12, 2013

This is a very informative text for anybody wishing to explore narrative research. It provides useful information on how to undertake narrative research and is supported by reference to other useful books and research texts.

Jan Stosiek
School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
April 11, 2013

This is an excellent, thought provoking and stimulating text for any student or researcher wishing to engage in narrative research.

Ms Christine Smith
Social Science , university college of mark st and st john
April 3, 2013

This text offers a rare insight into professional practice through the use of narrative research. An escellent book for new researchers looking for an example of social research in practice

Mrs Chelle Davison
Education , Leeds Metropolitan University
November 18, 2012

Christine Bold has highlighted some interesting issues that can arise as a result of conducing narrative research. At the same time, Bold has described some useful strategies with examples for students and researchers who are involved in Narrative research

Mr Bakar Abu
Institute of Education, Worcester University
November 14, 2012

A very useful introduction to a research methodology that fits well with how humans learn and make sense of the universe.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
October 31, 2012

A very readable introduction which provides a good overview of narrative research. Includes some helpful examples.

Gwenda Scriven
Inst of Education, Worcester University
October 23, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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