Narrative Analysis

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One day, Advanced level. London. Price for SRA members: £202.50

*Prices for 2019 courses have increased to £270 per day; SRA members receive a 25% discount, paying £202.50*

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Introduction/overview

Narrative analysis is a valuable data analysis technique in qualitative research. It is typically used in those studies which have already employed narrative inquiry as a qualitative method. 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. Narrative analysis uses the ‘story’ as the unit of analysis, in contrast to thematic and other forms of qualitative analysis.

Narrative analysis is useful for practitioners and researchers who wish to focus on individual experiences, eg. via collected stories and unstructured interviews.  Examples of possible applications include case studies; patients’ experiences of health care services or illness; life stories and experiences of social care clients; victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system.

Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • ● Have knowledge of narrative analysis as a qualitative data analysis technique.
  • ● Be aware of the relationship between narrative inquiry in qualitative research and narrative analysis.
  • ● Be aware of the different models of narrative analysis.
  • ● Understand the benefits which narrative analysis offers for interpreting and making sense of ‘whole’ stories.
  • ● Have conducted their own narrative analysis using a selection of the various models covered in the workshop.
  • ● Be aware of the research contexts in which narrative analysis is potentially valuable and effective.

Topics

During the course we will cover:

  • ● What is narrative analysis?
  • ● Models of narrative analysis
  • ● Codes, patterns, themes and categories
  • ● ‘Narrative meaning’ and ‘narrative smoothing’ (Etherington, 2004)
  • ● Interpretations of ‘faith’ and ‘suspicion’
  • ● Narrative analysis in narrative genres and arts-based inquiry
  • ● Practicing conducting your own narrative analysis

Who will benefit?

This advanced training course is relevant for those who have undertaken the SRA foundation course on Narratives and Storytelling (or similar course), or who have already completed their own narrative inquiry. It will benefit participants who wish to advance their knowledge of qualitative research methods by exploring the benefits that narrative analysis offers in a range of applied and policy settings and contexts.

**Prior knowledge of qualitative research methods and storytelling and narrative inquiry is advisable.

Learning outcomes

  • ● Understand what we mean by narrative analysis and interpretation.
  • ● Have knowledge of different models of narrative analysis.
  • ● Understand the relationship between qualitative research, narrative inquiry, and narrative analysis and how this informs selection of model of narrative analysis.
  • ● Be able to undertake a narrative analysis as evidenced in practical activities.

Course tutor

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.

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Price for SRA members: £202.50. Use the discount code emailed to you.

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Registration on the day is from 9.00 - 9.30 am.

 

Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 21 days or more from the course date.  No refund if cancelled 20 days or fewer from the course date.

Registrations for this course will not be accepted after 12 June 2019 at noon.

Price: £270.00

Start Time: 9:30 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

Date: June 13, 2019

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