Researcher Identity, Narrative Inquiry, and Language Teaching Research

Bonny Norton, Margaret Early
2011 TESOL Quarterly (Print)  
Whereas there has been much research on language and identity with respect to learners, teachers, and teacher educators, there has been little focus on the identity of the researcher, an important stakeholder in language education. Our research therefore addresses the following question: To what extent can narrative inquiry illuminate the ways in which researcher identity is negotiated in language teaching research? To address this question, we draw on a digital literacy study in multilingual
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doi:10.5054/tq.2011.261161 fatcat:m5bkmk6fmbhh3f4uoryykrii2e