Participants and research method design: the development of narrative discussion group method

Midgley, Warren (2013) Participants and research method design: the development of narrative discussion group method. In: The role of participants in education research: ethics, epistemologies, and methods. Routledge Research in Education Series (87). Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom, pp. 182-192. ISBN 978-0-415-63628-5


This chapter outlines the development of a method of data collection that the author called narrative discussion group method. The method was developed and employed in a doctoral research project in which the researcher (an English-speaking Australian) was exploring the experiences of Saudi students at an Australian university. In an attempt to de-emphasize the Western influence of the researcher over the study, this method was developed in consultation with potential participants, and scholarly sources relating to Saudi culture. The resulting method represented the way some Saudi participants indicated they would prefer data to be collected. It opened spaces for Saudi participants to discuss topics that might not otherwise have been discussed. In this way, the role of the participants was reimagined to include contributing to the methodological design. The chapter outlines the rationale for and the process of developing this method, the differences between this method and other narrative methods of data collection, and some of the outcomes of employing this method. The chapter demonstrates one way in which the role of participants can be reimagined.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 02:15
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 03:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: narrative discussion group method; education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4324/9780203078389

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