Researchers using a narrative approach largely acknowledge their role in the
process of the unfolding or telling of their participants’ narratives, and the fact that
their positioning as researchers results in a degree of knowledge co-construction
(Barkhuizen 2011). There is however a lack of explicit empirical research in the
way in which such knowledge is mutually constituted and the outcomes of such
co-construction. This paper aims to address this shortcoming by describing the
on-going story sharing between the researcher and participants. As discursive
practice, the story sharing was both an outcome of reduced power distance
between participants and the researcher, and a factor in it. In relational terms, the
story sharing helped to develop caring relationships which provided a safe space
for mutual disclosure. These outcomes suggest that there are significant benefits
for researchers, and narrative research, if narrative research allows for and affords
story sharing.


Creator | Kaihanga
Jinah Lee
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Te Reo @Linguistic Society of New Zealand
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I am the author / creator of this resource
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been formally reviewed for publication by academics at a university
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