Participants and research method design: the development of narrative discussion group method

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Midgley, Warren. 2013. "Participants and research method design: the development of narrative discussion group method." Midgley, Warren, Danaher, Patrick Alan and Baguley, Margaret (ed.) The role of participants in education research: ethics, epistemologies, and methods. United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 182-192
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Participants and research method design: the development of narrative discussion group method

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleThe role of participants in education research: ethics, epistemologies, and methods
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AuthorMidgley, Warren
EditorsMidgley, Warren, Danaher, Patrick Alan and Baguley, Margaret
Page Range182-192
SeriesRoutledge Research in Education Series
Chapter Number14
Number of Pages11
Year2013
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9780415636285
9780203078389
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203078389-19
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780203078389-19/14-participants-research-method-design-warren-midgley
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This chapter outlines the development of a method of data collection that the author called narrative discussion group method. The method was developed and employed in a doctoral research project in which the researcher (an English-speaking Australian) was exploring the experiences of Saudi students at an Australian university. In an attempt to de-emphasize the Western influence of the researcher over the study, this method was developed in consultation with potential participants, and scholarly sources relating to Saudi culture. The resulting method represented the way some Saudi participants indicated they would prefer data to be collected. It opened spaces for Saudi participants to discuss topics that might not otherwise have been discussed. In this way, the role of the participants was reimagined to include contributing to the methodological design. The chapter outlines the rationale for and the process of developing this method, the differences between this method and other narrative methods of data collection, and some of the outcomes of employing this method. The chapter demonstrates one way in which the role of participants can be reimagined.

Keywordsnarrative discussion group method; education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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