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Module Title LM Narrative Research
SchoolCOS - College Hub
Department COS - College Hub
Module Code 08 21875
Module Lead Dr Nicki Ward, Dr Bob Matthews
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Full Term
Pre-requisites LM Social Research Methods I - (08 21879) LM Social Research Methods II - (08 21878)
Restrictions MA Social Research
Description Narrative data collection and analysis is a technique usually associated with qualitative research and very strongly associated with the interpretivist paradigm. There is something quite unusual and significant about this type of data collection; something that makes it different from most of the other methods. This is because the form of data collected in narrative research is not the sort of data with which researchers are most familiar. Instead of collecting `facts', what researchers are actually collecting is the way in which the participant(s) have organised the information into a story. It is, therefore, the story (and the process of organisation) that is our data.

This module will provide students with the knowledge needed to identify situations in which narrative research may be appropriate and the skills to conduct narrative research. Teaching will be focussed on two areas; the design and use of narrative data collection techniques and processes for narrative data analysis.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Appreciate the unique nature of narrative (process and content) and it¿s potential applications
  • Identify different approaches to narrative data collection
  • Apply at least one approach of narrative data collection
  • Identify different approaches to narrative analyses
  • Apply narrative analysis to data
Assessment 21875-01 : assignment : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: Assignment: 2500 words
Reassessment: Resubmission of summative assignment
Other None
Reading List Czarniawska, B. (2004) Narratives in Social Science Research, London, Sage.
Lawler, S. (2002) `Narratives in Social Research' in May, T. (Ed) (2002) Qualitative Research in Action, London, Sage.
Lieblich A, Tuval-Mashiach, R and Zilber, T, (1998), Narrative Research: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation, Applied Social Research Methods Series, London, Sage.
Miller, R L, (2000), Researching Life Stories and Family Histories, London, Sage.
Koch, T, (1998), `Story telling: is it really research?', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 28(6): 1182-1190.
Reissman, C K, (1993), Narrative Analysis: Qualitative Research Methods Series: 30, London, Sage