A partnership model for a reflective narrative for researcher and participant
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A partnership model for a reflective narrative for researcher and participant

Gill Murphy Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Australia
Kath Peters Associate professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
Lesley Wilkes Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
Debra Jackson Professor, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford; Associate chief nurse (Research), Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK; Professor of Nursing, University of New England, Armidale, Australia
Background

Conceptual frameworks are important to ensure a clear underpinning research philosophy. Further, the use of conceptual frameworks can support structured research processes.

Aim

To present a partnership model for a reflective narrative for researcher and participant.

Discussion

This paper positions the underpinning philosophical framework of the model in social constructionism (the idea that jointly constructed understandings form the basis for shared assumptions) and narrative enquiry. The model has five stages – study design, invitation to share a research space and partnership, a metaphorical research space, building a community story, and reading the community story to others. Core principles of the partnership model are continual reflection by the researcher, potential reflections by participants, reciprocal sharing, and partnership in research. Conclusion: A 'trajectory of self' for both participants and researchers can be enhanced within reflective partnerships.

Implications for practice

This model can be applied to studies that use narrative enquiry and are seeking a humanistic approach with participant engagement.

Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2016.e1431

Correspondence

g.murphy@westernsydney.edu.au

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 14 September 2015

Accepted: 10 February 2016

Published online: 04 August 2016