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Narrative Analysis for Qualitative Researchers (Online)

September 28, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This one-day course will be offered via Zoom only. Course schedule is 9:00am – 3:00pm, with a 1 hour lunch and (2) 10 minute breaks (1 in morning and 1 in afternoon). Attendance is required as it will not be recorded.

This course features Dynamic Narrative Inquiry – theory and principles for narrative research design and analysis drawing on the richness of expressive language. With this approach to qualitative inquiry, researchers can build on communication in daily life where diverse practices for sharing experience, making sense of experience, and imagining social change occur in personal narratives, sociocultural communications, and institutional policies.

This course involves a sequence of presentations and practical workshops with narrative analysis strategies applicable to small or large studies that sample verbal and/or visual discourse. We begin with an introduction to dynamic narrative inquiry, followed by modules with three analysis strategies that yield findings to a wide range of relevant social science research questions. With examples from prior published studies, I present rationales and methodology, including character mapping (to identify meaning in narrative actors, actions, and relationships); plot analysis (to identify how narrative structures express logics and intentions); and values analysis (to identify speaker/author/ purposes). The final hour of the day is devoted to discussing course participants’ insights from the workshops and implications for future research, practice, and policy.

Participants are welcome (but not required) to bring examples of qualitative data from your research: narratives, transcripts of interviews, social media posts, institutional documents (such as organizations’ mission statements), etc. For those who do not have data, I will provide some examples for practice. I will also send enrollees a few recommended readings. Please email me with questions or comments about the course:
To learn more about my research:

Instructor: Colette Daiute

Colette Daiute is Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Daiute was previously a professor at Harvard University. Her research, teaching, and program development focus on how young people and families living in situations of major sociopolitical change (such as migration and regime change) use language, digital media, and community organizations to make sense of their situations and to impact their societies. To address such complex situations, Colette Daiute has developed narrative theory, research design and analysis methodologies, presented in books including Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach (Sage Publications), Human Development and Political Violence (Cambridge University Press), and journal articles including Qualitative Psychology; Human Development; Proceedings of the International Conference of Interactive Digital Narrative). Professor Daiute teaches courses on Narrative Inquiry; Critical Discourse Theory and Analysis; Technology, Learning, and Development, coordinates the Concentration in Qualitative Research Methods at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Daiute is currently a Fulbright Specialist (2022 – 2026), involving transnational collaborations in Italy (with the University of Naples Federico II Law Clinic on human rights). She is also leading a research project with activists in organizations supporting undocumented youth eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in the United States. Daiute’s community-based research featuring narratives for social change include collaborations in Colombia, Serbia, Brazil, where she has also given keynote addresses on human development and ethical impactful research methodologies. Colette a Member of the National Academy of Education honorific society and Past-President of the Piaget Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.

Registration fees:

  • UNC Chapel Hill Students: $0, with a $35 deposit to hold your spot (deposit is refundable upon your attendance for at least 66% of the course)
  • UNC Chapel Hill Faculty/Staff/Postdoc/Resident/Visiting Scholars: $80
  • Non-UNC Chapel Hill University Student/Employee (must have active university email): $105
  • Government/Non-Profit/Corporate: $130

Additional course information:

  • Registration closes at 12:01am, 9/25/23. Once registration closes, no late registrations will be accepted, no exceptions.
  • Cancellation/ Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.
  • Zoom link for this course will be sent prior to the course. Registration must be made at least 3 days prior to the course date to receive the Zoom link.

For questions regarding the status of this class, please contact Jill Stevens at


September 28, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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