Data Collection Instruments and Analytic Approaches

Within biography and life story research design, researchers use a range of strategies of inquiry to collect and analyze data. The strategies and research instruments researchers select for data collection depend on the narrative specificity that the researcher is interested in capturing with respect to a person's life. Narrative specificity refers to the time frame of the life experience. For example, some biography and life story researchers are interested in an event-specific life experience that occurs in a particular time and place. In contrast, a lifetime period experience spans a period of time longer than a single event in a person's life. A person's summer vacation or freshman year ...

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