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Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v8 n1 p95-110 2003

In this paper I present a narrative approach to environmental education research. This approach evolved through a dynamic interplay between research questions, theory, experience, conversation, and reflection. I situate the approach with respect to narrative inquiry and clarify the key conceptual metaphors underpinning my study, including "story," "narrative," and "metaphor." I then discuss the particular methods involved and their compatibility with my underlying ontological and epistemological assumptions about the storied reality of human experience. Finally, I reflect on writing as part of the research process and on the possibilities and responsibilities inherent in the act of writing. (Contains 3 notes.)

Descriptors: Environmental Education, Research Methodology, Figurative Language, Writing (Composition), Story Telling, Elementary School Students, Participant Observation, Elementary School Teachers, Interviews, Principals, Science Activities, Coding, Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Outdoor Education, Ecology, Conservation (Environment), Participatory Research, School Surveys, Parent Participation

Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail: cjee[at]lakeheadu.ca; Web site: http://cjee.lakeheadu.ca

Author: Bell, Anne

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4323&id=EJ881749


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