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Kerry R. McGannon, Lara Pomerleau-Fontaine, and Jenny McMahon

, and challenging landscapes of the summits journey were featured. Purpose and Research Questions The purpose of the present study was to use a case-study approach grounded in a novel theoretical perspective (i.e., narrative inquiry) to explore elite extreme-sport participation in the context of

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Shrehan Lynch and Matthew D. Curtner-Smith

potential, during this study we took a narrative inquiry approach ( Clandinin, 2007 , 2016 ; Dowling et al., 2015 ; Pinnegar & Daynes, 2007 ). Thus, the methods by which we collected data focused on the study of experiences, evolved with the research participants, and were temporal. As narrative inquiry

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Meredith A. Whitley, David Walsh, Laura Hayden, and Daniel Gould


Three undergraduate students’ experiences in a physical activity-based service learning course are chronicled using narrative inquiry.


Data collection included demographics questionnaires, pre- and postservice interviews, reflection journals, postservice written reflections, and participant observations. The data were analyzed with comprehensive deductive and inductive analysis procedures, along with the creation of detailed narratives summarizing students’ individual experiences and outcomes.


Results revealed student growth and development, including leadership development, improved interpersonal skills, increased knowledge of social justice issues, and enhanced self-understanding. However, the number, depth, and complexity of these outcomes varied significantly, which was largely explained by individual variables (e.g., interest in learning, level of effort, degree of adaptability).


These findings highlight the opportunity for course instructors to lead reflective activities before and during the service-learning experience, along with providing individualized guidance and feedback on students’ learning, effort, and adaptability throughout the service-learning course.

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Jennifer T. Coletti, Veronica Allan, and Luc J. Martin

research that hold potential for further examination of female representation in sport-based literature include narrative inquiry and critical feminist theory. Rooted in interpretivism, narrative inquiry accepts that multiple realities exist and that knowledge is socially constructed ( Smith & Sparkes

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Jeanne Adèle Kentel and David Ramsankar

Coaches are in a strong position to lay the groundwork for positive outcomes and attitudes in sports. In this paper we attempt to uncover ways in which coaching and sport pedagogy might be informed through our perspectives as parents of two young girls. As a father and a mother from two different families we examine the complexities of competition among the young. We begin to theorize about the ways young people might contribute to the discourse about competition in sport and ways coaches, coach educators and researchers might respond to enact potential reform.

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Mara Simon and Laura Azzarito

) and critical whiteness studies (CWS) as theoretical frameworks, the purpose of this study was to examine the embodied identities of ethnic minority female PE teachers who work in predominantly White schools to identify how whiteness informs their sense of self. As such, this visual narrative inquiry

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A.P. (Karin) de Bruin and Raôul R.D. Oudejans

how they told the stories of their illness: the athletes with an ‘I might have gotten anyway narrative’ also distinguished more daily life influences, for example. In the present study, we combined a content analysis and narrative inquiry, which seems quite uncommon compared to other qualitative

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David J. Langley and Sharon M. Knight

The broad purpose of this paper is to contextualize the meaning and evolution of competitive sport participation among the aged by describing the life story of a senior aged participant. We used narrative inquiry to examine the integration of sport into the life course and continuity theory to examine the evolution of his life story. Continuity theory proposes that individuals are predisposed to preserve and maintain longstanding patterns of thought and behavior throughout their adult development. Based on this theory, we suggest that continuity in successful competitive sport involvement for this participant may represent a primary adaptive strategy for coping with the aging process. Successful involvement in sport appeared to mediate past and continuing patterns of social relationships, the development of personal identity, and a general propensity for lifelong physical activity.

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Kimberly L. Oliver

Narrative analysis uses stories to describe human experience and action Because people give meaning to their lives through the stories they tell, it seems appropriate for those who study human experience to use a research methodology that connects with how people construct the meanings of life experiences. Thus, if the interest is in telling the stories of physical education students, teachers, and classrooms, a methodology is needed that captures how people interpret the meanings of life experiences. Narrative analysis is such a methodology. This article begins with three fictionalized adolescents’ stories. With the stories as an entry point, the power of narrative is examined, followed by an explanation of the different types of narrative inquiry. Next, the mechanics of configuring a narrative are discussed, and the article concludes with illustrations of the need for narrative analysis in physical education research.

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Ajhanai Channel Inez Newton

Black male athletes and their peers” (p. 163). He specifically suggests the utility of qualitative research methodologies (narrative inquiry, case studies, ethnography, phenomenology, etc.) to co-construct knowledge with Black male athletes; more scholarship on Black male athletes attending historically