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A Curriculum of Difficulty

Narrative Research in Education and the Practice of Teaching


Leah C. Fowler

Describing a new narrative research approach, this book focuses on difficulty in teaching practices, particularly at the site of the professional teaching self. A thoughtful approach to narrative research is foundationally constructed through the use of thirteen original stories. Leah C. Fowler writes theoretically, narratively, and autobiographically to illustrate her narrative method of working. Her theory, along with internarrative exemplars, addresses a need for deeper inquiry into narrative research. The seven orbitals of scholarly narrative analysis include naïve storying, psychological [de/re]construction, psychotherapeutic ethics, narrative craft, hermeneutics, curriculum pedagogy, and poetics of the relational teaching self.