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Handbook of Narrative inquiry: Mapping a Methodology


reviewed by Mary Louise Gomez — June 11, 2007

coverTitle: Handbook of Narrative inquiry: Mapping a Methodology
Author(s): D. Jean Clandinin
Publisher: Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412915627, Pages: 693, Year: 2007
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I must confess, when reading academic books, I most often begin at the end. I want to know what the conclusions and implications of any study might be. If “satisfied” by these, I then begin in a more traditional fashion and carefully work my way through the text from its opening pages. As it turns out, this was a fruitful way to approach reading the new Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology. Part VII, the final section of the text, contains two chapters, one authored by Nona Lyons concerning the potential influence narrative inquiry might have for future policies and practices, and the other is a conversation with three well-known narrative theorists—Elliot Mishler, Donald Polkinghorne, and Amia Lieblich mediated by Jean Clandinin and colleague M. Shaun Murphy. Lyons weaves intricately-crafted arguments concerning how narrative inquirers: (a) might respond to current debates about what counts as scientifically-based research; (b) are located... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 11, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14521, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:45:21 PM

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  • Mary Gomez
    University of Wisconsin
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    MARY LOUISE GOMEZ is Professor of Literacy Studies and Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she utilizes narrative inquiry, including life history methods, to research the experiences of prospective and practicing teachers. Recent and forthcoming publications include: Becoming a Teacher (Teachers College Record), Talking About Teaching: A Cultural Model of Teaching and Learning Untangled (Journal of Early Childhood Literacy), Textual Tactics of Identification (Anthropology and Education Quarterly) and Life Histories of Latino Teacher Candidates (forthcoming, Teachers College Record).
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