Review questions

Reflect on your understanding by working through these review questions.

  1. What are the major points of difference in narrative and IPA work?
  2. What kinds of question can narrative analysis answer?
  3. What is the difference between a holistic and a thematic narrative analysis?
  4. Why is it important to include the social and interactional context in an analysis of narratives produced in dialogue?
  5. What are the main principles of phenomenology?
  6. How does phenomenology inform the practice of IPA research?
  7. What understanding of the role played by the researcher in influencing the account provided by the informant is evident in narrative and IPA approaches?
  8. Describe the stages of data analysis in IPA research.
  9. Write a research question that would suit either a narrative analysis or an IPA approach and give three reasons why this would be your preferred methodology, compared with the alternative.