Research framework, methodology, aims, research design, data collection and interpretation
The narrative constructivist orientation of the study places focus on individual narratives reflecting identity (Sparkes & Smith, 2008). The narrative stance to the research is employed throughout the therapeutic process that precedes and informs the research study, forming the basis for research on possibilities of identity development.
The research journey is a qualitative narrative inquiry. As a descriptive study, the research explores identity conclusions through the use of natural material. This culminates in a record of identity conclusion through the creation of significant statements of self (Squire, 2013). Narrative inquiry is, however, a process of collaboration involving mutual storytelling and restorying as the research proceeds Clandinin & Connelly (2000). A decentred and deconstructive approach to research invites the participants to take up agency within narrative collaboration (Crocket, Drewery, McKenzie, Smith & Winslade, 2004; Tootell, 2004). The narrative inquiry within the study assists in the co–creation of a representation of experience from therapy to research.
Non probability sampling enabled an exploratory study of six participants, meeting a quota of age and gender (Bryman, 2016; Denscombe, 2014). Participants had been selected from the age group of between six and eleven years old, from both genders. Elements of sample size and saturation were considered, leading to the appropriate sample selection.
Following the completion of a therapeutic process, participants were invited to take part in the study. Once consent and assent had been obtained, the generation of a research document of significant statements of self were compiled by the participants. This research document comprised of identity conclusions that were their significant statements of self. These significant statements of self contribute to the body of knowledge regarding nature-based narrative therapy activities within the scope of identity formation.
The structure of the research dissertation is presented as an outline of the chapters in which the research unfolds.
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
CHAPTER THREE:THE NARRATIVE ASSUMPTIONS OF THE STUDY
CHAPTER FOUR: THE RESEARCH JOURNEY
CHAPTER FIVE: NATURAL MEANS TO PLAYFULLY EXPRESS IDENTITY .