Ten Tricky Questions about Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research: And What the Answers Mean for Qualitative and Quantitative Research

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Gary Barkhuizen


This article addresses ten ‘tricky’ questions related to narrative inquiry in the field of language teaching and learning research. The questions come from the author’s experiences of presenting lectures and seminars on narrative inquiry in many different contexts. The questions deal with issues to do specifically with narrative inquiry methods as well as with broader issues related to narrative research approaches. Where applicable, reference is made to the implications the answers have for both qualitative and quantitative research. The article starts with a brief overview of what narrative inquiry is in the context of language teaching and learning research.

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Barkhuizen, G. (2022). Ten Tricky Questions about Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research: And What the Answers Mean for Qualitative and Quantitative Research. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 15(2), 1–19. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/LEARN/article/view/259919
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Gary Barkhuizen, School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand

A Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of teacher education, language teacher (educator) and learner identity, study abroad, and narrative inquiry. His books include Narrative Research in Applied Linguistics (2013, Cambridge University Press), Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research (2014, Routledge, with Phil Benson and Alice Chik), Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research 2017, Routledge), Qualitative Research Topics in Language Teacher Education (2019, Routledge), and Communicating Identities (2020, Routledge, with Pat Strauss). His latest book is Language Teacher Educator Identity (2021, Cambridge).


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