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ERIC Number: ED429956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 31
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Toward an Understanding Life History Research.
Muchmore, James A.
This paper describes how one researcher's understanding of life history research evolved while conducting research with a high school English teacher. The life history examined the history and evolution of the teacher's beliefs about literacy and how those beliefs related to her teaching practices throughout her career. The paper begins by explaining what life history research is, then it elaborates on two experiences that helped make sense of life histories for the researcher. The first experience was around the issue of life history as an artistic interpretation (following an experience in an art museum). The second experience was a troubling conversation with a former mentor about what constituted educational research and why life history research was controversial as a topic. The paper suggests that life history and narrative research can be as robust as or more robust than quantitative studies in terms of trustworthiness, and it notes that it can produce knowledge or insights that could be generalized to other teachers. The paper concludes by arguing for the importance of life history research. (Contains 58 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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