Theoretical reflections on narrative in action research.
Toledano, Nuria; Anderson, Alistair R.
Alistair R. Anderson
Narrative is an important tool for developing and writing up action research experiences. Its power lies in the fact that narrative construction and narrative recounting are fundamental human communication practices. Narratives are also knowledge producing devices, since they make sense of personal experiences and share that sense-giving with others. However, the twinned duality of narrative knowing (sense-making) and narrative telling (communicating that sense) has often caused narrative as a methodological approach to be disregarded or misunderstood. Our objective is to reflect on how we can best use the narrative method in action research by paying due attention to these issues. In doing so, we consider ontologies, epistemologies and key characteristics. We argue that what has been seen as a weakness in the narrative method, its deep subjectivity, can actually be employed as an analytical strength in action research. We show how examining explanations of context, inherent in narrative processes, can provide rich insights into the meanings of phenomena.
TOLEDANO, N. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2020. Theoretical reflections on narrative in action research. Action research [online], 18(3), pages 302-318. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750317748439
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Dec 22, 2017|
|Online Publication Date||Dec 22, 2017|
|Publication Date||Sep 1, 2020|
|Deposit Date||Jan 5, 2018|
|Publicly Available Date||Jan 5, 2018|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Action research; Narrative method; Narrative knowing; Narrative telling; Qualitative research|
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