ERIC Number: ED334257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A New Use for New Journalism: Humanizing the Case Report.
It is argued that expressive writing strategies, particularly those used by New Journalists, may eventually serve as models for case reporting in social science research. New Journalism refers to a movement begun in the 1960's that strives to reveal the story hidden beneath surface facts. It involves the use of fictive techniques applied to the description of real events and real people. Many people have seen a strong connection between social science and New Journalism. The obvious similarities in the ways naturalistic inquirers and New Journalists gather and process information include challenging the positivist assumptions about the subjective nature of truth. Four sample case reports are included to illustrate possible applications of these techniques of New Journalism: (1) scene-by-scene construction; (2) character point of view; (3) third person point of view; and (4) full detailing of the status of participants. Among the limitations of the approach are problems of integrity, confidentiality, collection and analysis of data, and the temptations of straying into imaginative writing. The rhetoric of New Journalism is not yet an appropriate approach for case reports, but research may eventually support its feasibility. A 72-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Naturalistic Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).