Narrative Interviewing

Narrative interviewing is a method of qualitative data collection whereby a story is generated through the interview. Commonly thought of in comparison to other types of qualitative interviewing (semi-structured, structured), instead of placing emphasis on a question-answer format, the purpose of narrative interviews is to provide an opportunity for the participant to narrate his or her experience for the researcher. This represents a shift in the way roles are conceptualized: from interviewer–interviewee into narrator–listener.

The narrative interview is a method commonly used in narrative research. The narrative approach to research emphasizes the collection of narratives in order to make sense of the business of assigning meaning to lived experiences. To engage in a study about narratives, a researcher must collect stories related to the topic of ...

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