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Narratives and Storytelling in Qualitative Research
|Social Research Association|
Dr Karen Lumsden
National Council for Voluntary Organisations, 8 All Saints Street, London(tbc)
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Lindsay Adams - T: 0207 255 0695
Narrative inquiry is a valuable investigative technique in qualitative research. Narrative inquiry and storytelling offer us a different way of knowing, of investigating the lived experiences of individuals, and of exploring subjectivity. Narrative knowledge is created and constructed through the stories of lived experience and sense-making, the meanings people afford to them, and therefore offers valuable insight into the complexity of human lives, cultures, and behaviours. It allows us to capture the rich data within stories, including for example shedding insight into feelings, beliefs, images and time. It also takes account of the relationship between individual experience and the wider social and cultural contexts. Crucially, it also involves collaborative inquiry and co-construction of meaning between participants and the researcher. Examples of narrative inquiry in qualitative research include for instance: stories, interviews, life histories, journals, photographs and other artefacts.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
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Who will benefit?
This course will benefit participants who wish to advance their knowledge of qualitative research methods by exploring at a foundational level the benefits that narratives and stories offer as a method of inquiry in a range of applied and policy settings and contexts. This one-day course is designed to help participants become aware of narratives and storytelling in qualitative research, and to practice some of the techniques involved. As well as providing a grounding in the principles and theories, participants will gain hands-on experience of using various techniques of narrative inquiry. Some prior knowledge of qualitative research methods is advisable.
Dr Karen Lumsden is an independent researcher, scholar, consultant, and is founder of The Qualitative Researcher. She is a sociologist and criminologist with expertise in qualitative research methods, and applied research with a range of audiences including police forces and the College of Policing.
Karen has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen and has previously held posts at the University of Leicester, Loughborough University, the University of Abertay Dundee, and the University of Aberdeen. She has experience of teaching qualitative research methods at postgraduate level and to academics and practitioners. Karen is the author of over 40 publications including four books, is on the Editorial Board of the journal Sociology, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Research Online.
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
£270 which includes lunch and refreshments. Members for SRA pay £202.50
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