Unit 5: Methodological Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry
This chapter explores the certain methodological approaches in qualitative research. Narrative inquiry has been established in different disciplines including psychology, education, law, medicine, sociology, anthropology, and more, opening the door for the synergy of interdisciplinarity. Using narratives and stories as phenomena to understand what it means to be human, narrative inquiry utilizes interdisciplinary interpretive lenses with diverse approaches and methods, all revolving around the narratives and stories of research participants. Narrative inquiry offers a way to frame how stories are being told and how stories are being reported and what is being selected as stories to be told and remembered. While there are many types of narrative inquiry, the chapter discusses six different types of narrative inquiry: Thematic Narratives; Biographical Study; Autoethnography; Life History; Oral History; and Arts-Based Narratives. Oral History involves a narrative shared by a person who witnessed a historical event as an insider or an outsider.