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Narratives and Fictions in Educational Research by Peter Clough

Narratives and Fictions in Educational Research


Narratives and Fictions in Educational Research by Peter Clough

In this bold and very important work, Peter Clough shows how the truths about educational issues can be told using fictional devices. This work legitimates the narrative turn in the human disciplines. He shows educational researchers how narrative inquiry can be used for progressive moral and political purposes . -Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignThis compelling book takes a fresh approach to educational research, considering the role and use of literary and ethnographic approaches. There is growing interest in the use of narrative and fictional methods and this book sets out to:* locate narrative and fictional methods within the traditions of education research;* exemplify the use of narrative in studies of educational and social settings; * explain the processes of composing narrative and fictional researchA distinctive feature of the book is the inclusion of five 'fictional' stories which demonstrate the use of narrative in reporting research. Detailed discussion of these five stories shows how they were created from actual events and the varied role of the author in their creation. The methodological implications of such an approach are considered along with its potential merits and difficulties and its possible uses.

About the Author

Before moving to the University of Sheffield, Peter Clough taught for many years in a number of mainstream and special schools as well as overseas. He is a core member of the Department's Inclusive Education courses. His teaching and research interests include: special and inclusive education policy, pupil experience, school curricula and teachers' careers.Most recently he has focused on disseminating his research findings through biographical and fictional forms of ethnographic writing. Current publications include international journal articles which explore emerging methodologies in the social sciences.

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Publication date

1st August 2002


Peter Clough

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Open University Press


132 pages


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