Narrative research: A comparison of two restorying data analysis approaches

jo Anne Ollerenshaw, John W. Creswell

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Abstract

People telling stories about their life experiences has rapidly gained legitimacy in educational research. This article presents seven elements of narrative research that represent the aspects of a narrative study and the criteria that might be used to assess the quality of a narrative project. The article focuses on one phase in narrative data analysis: ”restorying” or “retelling.” By highlighting restorying narrative, researchers can see how an illustrative data set, a science story told by fourth graders about their experiences in their elementary classroom, was applied to two analysis approaches. A comparison of the two narrative approaches, problem-solution and three-dimensional space, shows several common features and distinctions. As narrative researchers decide which approach to use, they might consider whether the story they wish to report is a broader wholistic sketch of the three-dimensional approach or a narrower linear structure of the problem-solution approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-347
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2002

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Narrative research : A comparison of two restorying data analysis approaches. / Ollerenshaw, jo Anne; Creswell, John W.

In: Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 8, No. 3, 06.2002, p. 329-347.

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