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Unit information: Narrative Interviewing in 2015/16

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Unit name Narrative Interviewing
Unit code EDUCD0073
Credit points 20
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Trahar
Open unit status Not open

Narrative Inquiry (for Narrative pathway)


Understanding Educational Research, Preparation for Dissertation

School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce participants to the key concepts in narrative research interviewing, including the gathering, selection, transcription and co-construction of life stories and personal and group narratives within interviews and conversations. Experiential workshops will provide opportunities to explore interviewer positions and conversational styles. Lecture, debate and discussion will equip participants to identify and evaluate appropriate interview strategies and practices for specific projects. C6 Key reading

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  • Describe and critique a range of conversational narrative practices and positions, including the elicitation, selection and co-construction of individual and collective narratives
  • Demonstrate and critically evaluate their own research interviewing practices
  • Identify and explain a preferred approach to research interviewing within a specific context or study

Teaching Information

Teaching and learning opportunities will include both tutor and student presentations, seminars, small group work and micro-skills sessions.

Assessment Information

A written or multimodal assignment equivalent to 4000 words will be required.

Reading and References

  • Gubrium, J and Holstein, J (2003) Post-modern Interviewing, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Drewery, W (2005) Why we should watch what we say: Position Calls, Everyday Speech and the Production of Relational Subjectivity, in: Theory and Psychology 15(3): 305–324
  • Jarvinen, M (2000) The Biographical Illusion: Constructing Meaning In Qualitative Interviews, In: Qualitative Inquiry, 6 (3) 370-392
  • Kvale, S (2006) Dominance through Interviews and Dialogues, Qualitative Inquiry, 6 (12) 480 - 500.
  • Speedy, J (2008) Constructing Stories: Narrative interviews and conversations with Donald, in: Narrative Inquiry in Psychotherapy, Houndmills: Palgrave/Macmillan
  • White, M (2007) Maps to Narrative practice, New York: Norton