Setting the Stage for a Narrative Inquiry: Negotiating Relationships and Understanding School Landscapes

  • Julian D. Kitchen


Narrative inquiry is a qualitative research approach that brings rigor and depth to the understanding of human experiences. It is important that the researcher become enmeshed in the school context in order to develop a heightened sense of the world view of participants. Critical to beginning a narrative inquiry are negotiating relationships and understanding the classroom and school landscape in which the inquiry takes place. Negotiating authentic relationships and understanding the school context set the stage for meaningful findings about teaching and learning in schools.