Experience and Story in Qualitative Research
"The literature on narrative inquiry has been, until now, widely
scattered and theoretically incomplete. Clandinin and Connelly have
created a major tour de force. This book is lucid, fluid,
beautifully argued, and rich in examples. Students will find a
wealth of arguments to support their research, and teaching faculty
will find everything they need to teach narrative inquiry theory
and methods."--Yvonna S. Lincoln, professor, Department of
Educational Administration, Texas A&M University
Understanding experience as lived and told stories--also known as
narrative inquiry--has gained popularity and credence in
qualitative research. Unlike more traditional methods, narrative
inquiry successfully captures personal and human dimensions that
cannot be quantified into dry facts and numerical data.
In this definitive guide, Jean Clandinin and Michael Connelly draw
from more than twenty years of field experience to show how
narrative inquiry can be used in educational and social science
research. Tracing the origins of narrative inquiry in the social
sciences, they offer new and practical ideas for conducting
fieldwork, composing field notes, and conveying research results.
Throughout the book, stories and examples reveal a wide range of
narrative methods. Engaging and easy to read, Narrative Inquiry is
a practical resource from experts who have long pioneered the use
of narrative in qualitative research.