Providing Visions of a Different Life: Self-study Narrative Inquiry as an Instrument for Seeing Ourselves in Previously-Unimagined Places

  • Carmen Shields Nipissing University
  • Nancy Novak Independent Scholar
  • Brenda Marshall The Solācium Group
  • John J. Guiney Yallop Acadia University

Abstract

In this paper, we share stories of coming to narrative self-study research in graduate studies, and the impact this choice has had on personal and professional directions in ways we could not have imagined when graduate studies were initially embarked upon. Central to self-study narrative inquiry is a focus on life experience as a tool for connection with our own storied pasts. There we find the roots of our present-day perspectives and actions that we can incorporate into our everyday meaning-making, using our emergent understanding to choose present and future possibilities in our relationships.
Published
2011-01-01
How to Cite
Shields, C., Novak, N., Marshall, B., & Guiney Yallop, J. J. (2011). Providing Visions of a Different Life: Self-study Narrative Inquiry as an Instrument for Seeing Ourselves in Previously-Unimagined Places. Narrative Works, 1(1). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/NW/article/view/18474
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Articles