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Turning points in narratives of research design: research innovation stimulating unique responses to existing challenges for beginning rural teachers

By Chad Morrison, Jill Willis, Leanne Crosswell and Andrew Gibson


This paper explores methodological turning points in researching narratives of early career resilience mediated by the complexities of remote teaching. Innovative, flexible and discursive research design facilitated exploration of emerging narratives using digital technologies. Data were regularly interrogated with participant-researchers to reveal the undercurrents of imbued meaning. Dialogue with participant-researchers enhanced interpretations of data plots and text-based explanations of narrative turning points, providing valuable insights throughout analysis. Reflections on the affordances and tensions in this process illustrate the significance of innovation but also the complexities associated with online collaboration. Consequently, empowering the participant-researchers throughout the life of the research was critical in understanding their narratives of teaching

Topics: Teachers, Teaching, Remote communities, Digital communications, Training
Publisher: Journal of Educational Enquiry
Year: 2014
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