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ERIC Number: EJ846801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Using Fiction to Make Meaning in Research with Young People in Rural New Zealand
Nairn, Karen; Panelli, Ruth
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n1 p96-112 2009
In research with young people about their experiences of rural and urban environments, the authors were struck by how participants in their rural case study used fiction to explain their experiences. The participants' use of fiction lead the authors to an additional rich vein of empirical material and analysis not foreseen at the beginning of the research. The authors outline the young people's use of fiction to frame their understanding of stereotyping and note the benefits of assembling a critical reading of fiction within the project. The authors conclude by revisiting the usefulness of fiction as a frame for young people's meaning making and as a source of empirical material in its own right. At the same time, they highlight the benefits of a qualitative research design that allows space for serendipitous trajectories of the collection and analysis of empirical material to evolve. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand