ERIC Number: EJ1033631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Narrative Research Methodologies: Learning Lessons from Disabilities Research
Block, Betty Ann; Weatherford, Gwendolyn M.
Quest, v65 n4 p498-514 2013
Presenting research well with regard to persons with disabilities is as important as conducting research well. Disembodied, technical writing does not accurately represent the dramas of athletes, fans, and people who are trying to exist in damaged or violated bodies. Our stories are left incomplete if we omit the metaphoric and symbolic codes we use in narrating our subjective and personal realities. We invite kinesiology scholars to present the fragmented stories that abound in sport and physical activity through narrative research: realist tales, autoethnographies, poetry, fictional representations, and ethnodrama. We present examples and explanations of a variety of narratives that attempt to draw the reader into the subjective experience of others. They conclude that professionals in the sub-disciplines can learn lessons from disabilities researchers. They also posit that narratives provide avenues for multiple realities to be shared, people who would most likely never read social or behavioral research in kinesiology can be introduced to other ways of being in the world, and students who are interested in sport and physical activity can become better professionals.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Education, Educational Research, Personal Narratives, Exercise Physiology, Ethnography, Autobiographies, Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Research Methodology
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