ERIC Number: ED451594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
What Stories Tell: Storying and Restorying Public Education.
Norum, Karen E.
This paper describes a specific form of qualitative research--narrative inquiry. In this form of research, peoples' stories become the data. The paper explores the power of narrative inquiry as a "heretical" research method and how it can be used to examine stakeholders' experiences and beliefs related to transforming a system; for example, the public education system. Narrative inquiry is a form of qualitative research that lends itself to "heresy." It creates a space for and values personal voice and the sharing of personal perspectives. It is through this type of research that people's stories are brought to the forefront and become the data. The uniqueness of divergent voices and the practical wisdom embedded in those voices is celebrated. (Contains 60 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, April 24-28, 2000).