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ERIC Number: EJ883356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
"Comments on Coulter and Smith": Relational Ontological Commitments in Narrative Research
Clandinin, D. Jean; Murphy, M. Shaun
Educational Researcher, v38 n8 p598-602 2009
In this comment article on Coulter and Smith (2009), the authors raise concerns that focusing exclusively on issues of representation may lead readers to misunderstandings about narrative research. The authors argue that narrative ways of thinking about the phenomena under study are interwoven with narrative research methodologies. Drawing on Dewey's theory of experience, they discuss three features of an ontology of experience. They highlight distinctions between narrative research and other forms of qualitative inquiry, attend closely to the transition from field texts to research texts, and address the interconnections between ontological and ethical commitments. In their view, research texts need to speak to the everyday experiences of researchers and participants to arrive at an understanding of those experiences as "storied" phenomena within social, cultural, institutional, and linguistic narratives. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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