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Poetry and metaphor as responses to representational challenges in critical narrative research

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Research with young people who “do not fit the mould” requires innovative and unconventional methods, but what are the implications of such methods for scholarly representation? This paper reports on the development of such a method with students diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and offers one view of the borderland spaces and tensions between critical theory and narrative inquiry. In particular, the paper defines the methodology that underpins the “critical cover narratives” method, describes the application of this approach within a doctoral study, and identifies resultant issues of representation when combining narrative and critical approaches. The paper then details the use of a tapestry metaphor to reconcile these issues. The central premise of the paper is that differing methods produce different knowledge, which demands different forms of representation. In making this case, the paper discusses the importance of a balance between the epistemological and aesthetic within scholarly representations of narrative inquiry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-622
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


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