Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry
The Centre is a joint initiative between the Department of Adult and Community Education and the Education Department, Maynooth University
Narrative Inquiry Stories have become the focus for interest in many sectors of the academic world and particularly in the area of research (Speedy 2008). They are valued not just for themselves but, among other things, as a rich social repository constituting windows on how individuals and groups experience themselves, attribute meaning to events and make sense of their world. As such they are a valuable research tool. By emphasising certain facts and by ignoring others, stories both reveal and conceal a wealth of information which relates to how individuals, organisations and societies construct their identity, as well as how they perceive and deal with threat, power, conflict and marginalisation. The central preoccupations of the emerging discipline are informed by phenomenology’s emphasis on seeking to understand lived experience.
Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry The Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth explores the role of narrative inquiry in creating a transformative space of learning. It is an interdisciplinary research group drawn from the Departments of Education and Adult and Community Education.
Narrative Inquiry is concerned with researching lives and the stories people tell about them. Narrative methods have claimed an increasing place in academic research and are alive and well (if sometimes marginalised and contested) in various academic disciplines such as literature, history, sociology, anthropology, social policy and education as well as feminist and minority studies.
CONFERENCES, MASTERCLASSES AND EVENTS HOSTED
- 2018, 4th Irish International Narrative Inquiry Conference: Narrating Neo-liberalism in an Irish Context. IT Sligo, April 19/20, 2018 https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/education/events/4th-international-irish-narrative-inquiry-conference-april-19th-20th-2018
- 2016, 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference Maynooth University, IT Sligo and NUIG, 10/11th March http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=450
- 2014, 2nd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, Field in the Making, Maynooth University, IT Sligo and NUIG, 19/20th March, * 2nd International Conference on Narrative Inquiry, Maynooth University, 2015
- 2013, 1st International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, Researching and Writing Irish Storyscapes, Sligo IT, Maynooth University and NUIG, 10th April, * 1st International Conference on Narrative Inquiry, Institute of Technology, Sligo, 2014
- 2010, Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry. Prof. Arthur W. Frank, University of Calgary, Canada. ‘Spirit in a Place of Strangers’, 10th June.
- 2010, Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry. Prof. Bronwyn Davies, University of New South Wales, Australia. ‘Collective Biography’, 24/25th February.
- 2009, Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry. Dr. Jane Speedy, Bristol Univeristy. ‘Narrative Inquiry and Transformation’, 9th October.
- 2009, Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry. Dr. Linden West, ‘Narrative Research as transitional space for learning’, 20th February.
- 2009, Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry. Gillie Bolton ‘Writing as Reflective Practice for Adult Educators’, 9th September.
- 2009, Centre for Transformative Narrative Inquiry. Prof. Kim Etherington, Btistol University. ‘Reflexivity in Narrative Research’, 22nd May.
- 2012, “Steps in Narrative Supervision” a masterclass presented by Dr Malcolm Reid, Bristol University, 30th
- 2011, “Supervising Narrative Inquiry” a masterclass presented by Professor Kim Etherington, Bristol University. 2nd December.
Other Narrative Conferences/Events
- 2018, New publication: Special Issue of the Journal of Irish Educational Studies. Engaging in Educational Narrative Inquiry: Making Visible Alternative Knowledge, June 2018. Click here for further details.
- 2017, Workshop by Dr Jonathan Wyatt, University of Edinburgh "What has stand-up ever done for autoethnography ?" April 28th
- 2011, “Memory and Transformation: Transforming the Past”, Guest Speaker: Poet, Paula Meehan Counselling Studies Conference, 3rd December
- 2008, Maynooth University Counselling Studies Conference ‘Seeing in the Dark: Owning Mental Health in Difficult Times.’ Dr. Tony Bates, 6th December
- 2007, Counselling Studies Conference “Telling Tales”, Mary B. Ryan, 1st December
- 2006, Counselling Studies Conference: “Inner Treasure and Outer Wealth – Investing Wisely for Life”, Speaker – Jarlath Benson, 2nd December
- 2005, Counselling Studies Conference : ‘Something Understood - Creative Encounters with Everyday Mysteries’, Speaker – Prof. Brian Thorne and Paula Meehan 3rd December
Dr Grace O’ Grady (Education Department), Dr David McCormack, Dr Mary Ryan (Adult and Community Education Department)
Transforming educational experience for children, parents and teachers consists of a publication and video based on the work of students who undertook the Action Research Masters Programme. This degree is an innovative collaboration between the Education Department and the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).
Launching the publication CDI-Transforming Educational Experience and video in June 2014 the Director of the Teaching Council Tomás Ó Ruairc noted the ‘boldness’ of the title claiming to ‘Transform education’ but said we could trust this because the work was the result of practitioner research.
It was also very clear that Mr Ó Ruairc had read the publication in detail and his speech is replete with careful and insightful analysis of all of the students' contributions. He said that the publication and the students' work was in keeping with the Teaching Council's own aspiration to "make explicit what has been implicit for far too long, particularly in terms of teacher research, professionalism and reflection". "This collection of research" he added "is a great notch in the post of that process of explication".
The video about the students' Action Research projects was also screened at the launch event. In it a number of the graduates talk about their work and discuss the impact this locally based, practitioner-focused Masters degree has had on them.
The video also features contributions from Marian Quinn CEO of CDI, Dr Rose Malone the former Course Director for this partnership programme and Mr Anthony Malone
(no relation!) who assumed the role of Course Leader on Dr Malone’s retirement.