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Narrative research

Please discuss the following questions:

1. The importance of narrative research techniques in qualitative research
2. Interview techniques: advantages and disadvantages
3. Effects of acculturation on immigrants

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I suggest this simple outline:

1. Qualitative research - what is it about?
2. Narrative Research
3. Relevance of narrative research (in ethnography, in sociology, in social psychology)
4. Interview techniques
5. Advantages
6. Disadvantages
7. What is Acculturation?
8. Impact on immigrants & their children
9. Application of narrative research on #7

This outline should yield around 1,200 words which should cover what you need. I am assuming that you are gearing towards applying qualitative research on the topic of migrants and acculturation so this should get you started. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

On Qualitative Research

There are 2 main ways in conducting scientific research - the quantitative approach which deals with measuring the phenomenon under investigation, and the qualitative approach which aims to describe and explore the phenomenon in great detail so it can be understood. QSR International, a data analysis organization and data analysis software company use qualitative research in a myriad of social research applications for private and government institutions including applications for policy evaluation, health research, literature reviews and content analysis. They describe the qualitative approach as such (QSR, 2013) -

"Qualitative research is all about exploring issues, understanding phenomena, and answering questions...Focus groups, in-depth interviews, content analysis, ethnography, evaluation and semiotics are among the many approaches that are used, but qualitative research in its most basic form involves the analysis of any unstructured data, including: open-ended survey responses, literature reviews, audio recordings, pictures and web pages."

In the social sciences where descriptive analysis is almost always far more essential in understanding a phenomenon (i.e. understanding a culture, uncovering historical events, explaining social impact), qualitative research is most ideal and far more regularly applied. It is important to note that the qualitative approach as a science follows the principles of scientific inquiry and differs largely from quantitative research in that it mines for text-data that describes, unlike numeric data for the quantitative approach which is geared to 'quantify' or measure.

Narrative Techniques

When we talk of narrative techniques in qualitative research, we are referring to ways of exploring and analysis the text-data that is collected as evidence in the research undertaken. More often, we refer to this area as 'narrative inquiry or narrative analysis' generally. What is analysed include field texts (notes and information written down by the researcher during fieldwork), stories, autobiography, journals, letters, interviews, family stories, pictures, videos, audio data, life experience stories and recorded audio conversations. Each of these materials is seen as units of analysis that are one by one collected and subjected to analysis. The researcher, after collecting data pertaining to a subject of study then transcribes these units of analysis into text-data and these are then further processed to search for emergent patterns that explain a phenomenon or prove and disprove a hypothetical claim. Two of ...

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The importance of narrative research techniques in qualitative research are examined. The effects of acculturation on immigrants are determined.

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