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Battling bad weather along the way: Meaning making in narrative inquiry and its challenges

A. Samah, Narina (2018) Battling bad weather along the way: Meaning making in narrative inquiry and its challenges. International Journal of Business and Society, 19 (S2). pp. 205-218. ISSN 1511-6670

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Abstract

This paper is a personal account on how I embrace reflexivity while making meaning of my experiences as a narrative inquirer. Revisiting my doctoral journey, I describe the stage when my research field texts were generated from the experiences throughout my four-month research fieldwork. I then illustrate the challenges I encountered while managing my data corpus after my fieldwork ended. The biggest obstacle was during the interpretive process when I attempted to make sense of these experiences, constructed into my research texts, while travelling in the directions of an inquiry: inward, outward, backward, forward and situated within place. It was the time when I fully submerged in my reflexivity and critical reflections, but at the same time had the difficulties to emerge from the depths of meaning making. Admittedly, I was drowned in my own confusions, self-doubt and dilemma while trying to understand the true meanings of my inquiry. The decision on re-storying such experiences was another overwhelming period at this particular stage. Metaphorically, it was the time during the journey when I sailed through a stormy sea – the going was rough and bumpy. The important lessons learned throughout these meaning making experience are also accentuated towards the end of the narration.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:critical reflection, higher education
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Education
ID Code:81887
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:30 Sep 2019 20:59
Last Modified:30 Sep 2019 20:59

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