8th January 2014 at 4:38 pm #1274
I’m currently undertaking PhD research on the use of fairy tales in a creative writing classroom to engage children with environmental issues. As I’m working in an English and Creative Writing department, the final work produced will be principally creative; the children’s writing, and my own. However, I believe the research would be enhanced by the inclusion of a qualitative analysis of the creative writing to allow discussion of the impact of the classes on the level of environmental engagement the children’s writing reflects.
Creative writing, however, doesn’t appear to be a typical material for qualitative analysis, and I was wondering if anybody could point me in the directions of similar studies, or studies which analyze writing produced in a creative writing classroom? Or to any resources which may be of use!
Thanks very much,
Joanna9th January 2014 at 11:03 pm #1289Joanne MihelcicMember
Hi Joanna, you should take a look at Gubrium, J. F., and J. A. Holstein. Postmodern Interviewing. SAGE Publications, 2003. The authors write about “a crisis in representation”.
Some questions: What overarching methodology are you using? What do you think would be the outcome of analysing the creative stories? What methods for data analysis are planning on using?10th January 2014 at 7:14 pm #1288david burlingameParticipant
Joanna: I do not know of any similar studies per se but it seems to me you could engage in a ground theory approach once you have the children’s work. Then develop typologies as themes and consistent threads emerge from their work. A fellow student did his Ph.D. on developing a historical understanding of a large organization by listening to “story telling” among employees of the organization. He listened to stories employees told about past events, past employees, etc.14th January 2014 at 6:34 pm #1287
Thanks for the recommendation. All these questions I am still working on. The aim is for it to be participatory action research using a grounded theory approach to explore attitudes to the non-human world in the children’s writing. The outcome of analyzing the creative stories is to explore more deeply in to how participants view animals in their writing, and whether this changes over the course of the classes. Hope this is a bit clearer!14th January 2014 at 6:35 pm #1286
Yes, thanks very much, this is the direction I was thinking of taking so that is a helpful confirmation!
Joanna16th January 2014 at 10:40 pm #1285Pat BazeleyParticipant
Given that the question you are asking in this instance is a social one (about environmental engagement) rather than one to do with the creative process, it seems to me you would treat these data like any others and apply common qualitative strategies to their analysis (reading, reflecting, coding, connecting, comparing, relating, etc). If you want to add a quantitative component, you could check the proportion of their various stories that deal with relevant environmental issues. You might also look at strategies used in narrative analysis – determining genre, structure, plot, etc. – especially if the story focuses on an animal. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out Bazeley, P. Qualitative data analysis: Practical strategies (Sage, 2013).17th January 2014 at 10:44 am #1284
Thanks, that’s actually really helpful – I’m planning to treat the writing like typical qualitative data, but your answer helps to clarify why this isn’t problematic – because my question is a social one, rather than an analysis of the quality of the writing. Yes, that makes a lot of sense. I will also have a look at Qualitative data analysis. Thanks again.14th February 2014 at 4:51 pm #1283Elias Ortega-AponteParticipant
Thanks for sharing with us such an interesting topic. It is my sense that works on narrative might be helpful on this. You may want to take a look at Nancy Ammerman’s “Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes.” Although it deals mostly with religious/spiritual narrative, the discussion concerning the use/interpretation of narrative and meaning formation are solid and the secondary resource superb. Also, studies on the process of children’s imagination/cognition may be of interest to you, like: Alcock, Sophie. “Young children’s playfully complex communication: distributed imagination.” European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 18, no. 2 (June 2010): 215-228.19th February 2014 at 2:56 pm #1282Shannon LaneMember
I would recommend some of the techniques proposed by Arthur Frank in his book, Letting Stories Breathe, A Socio-Narratology. Good luck, it sounds like an interesting project!
Shannon19th February 2014 at 4:07 pm #1281Elias Ortega-AponteParticipant
Thank you for this suggestions!20th February 2014 at 1:51 pm #1280
These sound really interesting, thanks very much for the ideas, I’ll definitely check them out.20th February 2014 at 1:52 pm #1279
That’s a great idea – I read about Arthur Frank’s book in Jack Zipes’ work but I’ve never read him first hand, so I’ll definitely have a look. Thanks.
Joanna17th October 2014 at 2:22 am #1278Teresa Darlene MillerMember
I am an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University, and am in my very first Research Methods class. I was reading through the posts to try to find some help with the first part of my research report, the literature review, and research question and your post caught my attention. My research question is: How do those who own companion animals perceive the relationship between themselves and their non-human companions, in contrast to those who feel that companion animals have no place in our social world. I am struggling with some of the concepts that I am to address, mainly because many qualitative methods, concepts, and processes seem to overlap, I realize you are very busy on your research, but am going to go out on a limb and ask if it would be inappropriate to ask you to take a look at what I have written and offer some feedback? I am a non-traditional differently-abled student and graduate in May. I am planning on attending grad school in the fall. I have worked on several research teams just to learn more about and get experience with research, but this is the first time I am attempting to get my feet wet, so to speak.
Teresa12th November 2014 at 5:24 pm #1277JhuCin JhagMember
Have you read about narrative analysis (e.g. Riessman, 1993) and other textual analysis (e.g. critical discourse analysis. It should be helpful. Also, what are your research questions?23rd February 2015 at 8:33 pm #1276Felipe Rodrigues KovalMember
Sorry, these articles is only portuguese.
However , I think revisit the Sociological Imagination of Charles Wright Mills is interesting.
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