'Merrill and West deliver what they promise - a comprehensive, accessible, and practical guide to conducting biographical research. They artfully develop the story of the method by blending theoretical and disciplinary material with their own auto/biographical experiences...[They] provide a compelling portrait of the strength, power, and humanity involved in biographical research'
Excellent additional reading for students
Useful supplement to narrative research approaches.
This a very helpful text which is accessible and offers ways to think about integrating personal story into research.
the book is very good for enabling students to understand the significance of the personal story in terms of qualitative research. Due to methodology being explored and appraised the text is supplemental reading, however, this would be a really useful text for post graduate students who are undertaking research using personal stories to elicit themes
A superb book which makes accessible to a wide readership the conttext and methodologies of narrative and auto/biographical research. Written in a style which is non nonsence with clear examples of some of the theories and approaches being discussed.
This book provides a good overview of biographical methods and data analysis. I recommend it fo rmy students working om subjects based on this methodological approach
I enjoyed this book and it provides an very useful introduction to biographical methods, and to key debates in using biographical methods in research. Only a small number of students doing the undergraduate research course in education will want to use biographical approaches and I will steer those students specifically in the direction of this book.
A very good text and will be used recommended as essential reading for students adopting a Biographical approach for their dissertation module.
A very readable textbook. Unpicks methods for students in accessible way which is encouraging rather than daunting.
Useful text for those students seeking to use a biographical appraoch in their research.
I have recommended that my students who are working with biographical research read the book. this means that several students have worked with it their project work. It is too specific to adopt as essential reading in the course.
This book gives an alternative view on research methods; particularly looking at Biographical research. A thorough investigation of the topic, with examples
health and social care are increasingly using biographical approaches, but there are so few texts soley devoted to it. great help in being able to justify and rationalise your reason for using this form of methods and methodology
Clear and concise presentation.
When I started to read this book, I felt compelled to continue. The book is written in a style that is engaging. It is very informative and provides relevant and useful examples. It provides an excellent guide for researchers who are seeking to embark on a journey of biographical research for the first time. The book will be recommended reading for both undergraduate and post graduate students and a request will be made to the university's library to order this book
I am recommending this for two core courses and suggesting it forms the basis of one of a choice of assigments. It has some excellent formative information and discussion useful for students starting their research projects in terms of positioning and relationship to topic. Practical discussion topics and activities are useful.
Pulls together a certain history of ideas in this area and offers some interesting perspectives with useful practical activities and examples.
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