Beyond listening: the value of co-research in the co-construction of narratives

Lyndon, S. and Edwards, B. (2022) Beyond listening: the value of co-research in the co-construction of narratives. Qualitative Research, 22 (4). pp. 613-631. ISSN 1741-3109

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In this article, we discuss how co-research – two researchers working together at each stage of the research process – can be used to analyse narratives created from qualitative interviews (drawing on Brown and Gilligan’s Listening Guide). We argue that co-research affords a richness and depth of analysis and propagates multiple, layered interpretations through a process of co-reflection. To illustrate our approach, we present an analysis of two case studies from the ‘From Adversity to University’ project, a longitudinal qualitative study evaluating the effectiveness of a bridging module as a way into higher education for students who have been affected by homelessness in England. We co-reflect on how our participants, our relationship with our participants and our relationship with each other as researchers has changed over time. We conclude that a co-researcher approach to analysing narratives is textually and emotionally enriching, as the co-constructed multiple interpretations transform not just the analysis of the text but also the relationship between researchers and their participants in new and unexpected ways.

Publication Type: Articles
Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 19-03-2021; issued 19-03-2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: History and Philosophy of Science, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Narrative, I-poems, co-research, Listening Guide, co-construction, homelessness, widening participation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Social Work and Social Care
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Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 10:59
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2022 09:42

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