Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research collecting and analysing data applications of early childhood research This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.

Chapter 15: Narrative Inquiry: Conducting Research in Early Childhood

Narrative Inquiry: Conducting Research in Early Childhood

Narrative inquiry: conducting research in early childhood
D. Jean ClandininJanice HuberJinny MenonM. Shaun MurphyCindy Swanson


Narrative inquiry, the study of experience as storied phenomena, is used to study the experiences of young children, families, other caregivers, healthcare workers including physicians and nurses, social workers, and early childhood teachers. In this chapter, we foreground the definition of narrative inquiry used in the Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology (Clandinin, 2007). The definition, as follows, was originally developed in 2006:

People shape their daily lives by stories of who they and others are and as they interpret their past in terms of these stories. Story, in the current idiom, is a portal through which a person enters the world and by ...

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