NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED435623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Narrative Research and the Concern with the Truth.
Verhesschen, Piet
Much of the ongoing discussion about the scientific value of narrative research and the criteria for narrative research comes down to conceptions of the aims of educational research and what this means for an interest in the "truth." The growing number of publications about narrative research has resulted in warnings and criticism. One of the leading critics is D. Phillips (1993, 1996), who stresses the importance of ascertaining the correct narrative or narratives and asserts that narrative needs to be "epistemically respectable." Conflict arises from different views of the researcher's "voice" in narrative research and from differing conceptions of the "truth." New narrative research can be said to share the epistemological presuppositions of postfoundationalism, and this postfoundationalism can be distinguished from relativism or subjectivism. J. O'Dea (1994) has developed a notion of truth that can help narrative research gain epistemic respectability. Narrative researchers must render the realities of classroom practice faithfully and precisely. The narrative researcher can be truthful at three levels: (1) situation; (2) practitioner; and (3) researcher. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A