Reflexive Narrative
  • Room 202, Rolle Building

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Reflexive narrative is a Journey of self-inquiry towards self-realisation however that might be expressed. Data is collected through reflection on everyday experiences whereby the researcher works the creative tension between what she or he seeks to realise and recall of everyday practice. In this way the researcher gains insights that structure the reflexive narrative woven to represent the journey of being and becoming. In exploring creative tension the researcher comes to both reveal, understand and work towards overcoming those forces that constrain such self-realisation, and his or her vision of self-realisation. Guidance is vital.

The narrative is written with the aim to stir its audience to read the text as a focus for reflection and social action. The narrative can be written as a performance followed by dialogue with an audience again with the aim to evoke reflection and social action. In other words the narrative not merely portrays the researcher’s journey but is a focus for social action towards creating a better world. To date there have been 90 masters dissertations using this methodology in exploring self becoming a leader within health care and 5 successful doctoral theses. 

In this session, Christopher Johns will briefly outline the aims and methodology of reflexive narrative (about 20 minutes) followed by a performance of exploring suffering in his role as a hospice therapist. Some audience will be recruited into the performance (lasting about 30 minutes) followed by dialogue [at least 30 minutes] of issues emerging from the performance including a consideration of the role of reflexive narrative performance within professional curriculum. 

About the speaker

Christopher Johns was professor of nursing at the University of Bedordshire between 1991 and 2014 before retiring early to Cornwall. He is an Honorary Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University and occasional Visiting Lecturer at the University of Plymouth. His latest books are ‘Becoming a Reflective Practitioner’ 5th edition 2017 (Wiley-Blackwell) and ‘Mindful leadership’ 2016 (Palgrave MacMillan). His new book ‘Reflexive Narrative’ is currently under review with Sage as part of their blue book research series.

This seminar is free and open to all - please register your place via the above link.

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