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ERIC Number: EJ881749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
A Narrative Approach to Research
Bell, Anne
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v8 n1 p95-110 2003
In this paper I present a narrative approach to environmental education research. This approach evolved through a dynamic interplay between research questions, theory, experience, conversation, and reflection. I situate the approach with respect to narrative inquiry and clarify the key conceptual metaphors underpinning my study, including "story," "narrative," and "metaphor." I then discuss the particular methods involved and their compatibility with my underlying ontological and epistemological assumptions about the storied reality of human experience. Finally, I reflect on writing as part of the research process and on the possibilities and responsibilities inherent in the act of writing. (Contains 3 notes.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada