A Narrative Approach to Research

Anne Bell


In this paper I present a narrative approach to environmental education research. This approach evolved through a dynamic interplay between research questions, theory,experience, conversation, and reflection. I situate the approach with respect to narrative inquiry and clarify the key conceptual metaphors underpinning my study, including“story,” “narrative,” and “metaphor.” I then discuss the particular methods involved and their compatibility with my underlying ontological and epistemological assumptionsabout the storied reality of human experience. Finally, I reflect on writing as part of the research process and on the possibilities and responsibilities inherent in the act of writing.

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