Narrative is a term that has been pressed into the service of a multitude of ideas and theories. It is viewed variously as story, as a mode of knowing and constructing meaning, and, more recently, as a method of inquiry. At times it is all of these simultaneously. Perhaps the most enduring description and understanding of narrative is as story, an account to self and others of people, places, and events and the relationships that hold between these elements. The capacity to speak, and, through that medium, to construct a version of events, is a distinguishing human trait. It is through narratives, both grand or master and personal, that we have understood and communicated our knowledge and interpretations of our past and our present worlds and are able to speculate about our future. Through this chapter we shall provide a brief overview of the journey from narrative as story, through its conception as a mode of knowing, in order to explore the ways in which narrative is being put to use as a method of inquiry in educational research.
|Title of host publication||Narrative Inquiry in Music Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||Troubling Certainty|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|