This article focuses on the methodological journey I took as a novice narrative inquirer, particularly regarding data analysis, for my doctoral data; a journey characterised by floundering, meandering, wrong turns and cul-de-sacs. It explains the initially overwhelming process of moving from collecting “data” to constructing the narratives of five postgraduate international students, challenges faced as well as lessons learned. Despite its complexities, narrative data analysis enables colour and emotion to be added to research. This article continues to add to a somewhat meagre research literature about how to move from collecting “data” to constructing narratives.
Narrative Data Analysis, Narrative Inquiry
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James, G. (2017). Cul-de-sacs and Narrative Data Analysis – A Less Than Straightforward Journey. The Qualitative Report, 22(12), 3102-3117. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss12/2