FKIP – Master Degree of English Education Study Program Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) Sebelas Maret University (UNS) Surakarta held a webinar for three days, from Wednesday to Friday (11-13/5/ 2022). Themed “Narrative Inquiry: Teacher’s Stories, Research, and Reflection”, the webinar was held online through the Zoom Meeting application.

In his speech, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ahmad Yunus, MS as the UNS Deputy Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs expressed his appreciation for holding this webinar. According to him, this webinar can provide an overview of one of the research methods, namely the Narrative Inquiry Method.

“On behalf of the leadership of UNS, we would like to thank all participants for their participation in this webinar. We also give appreciation or appreciation to the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, especially in the Master’s Program in English Education, for their success in designing and organizing this webinar. Of course, this webinar can provide an overview of the research method, namely the Narrative Inquiry Method which will be very useful for researchers,” said Prof. Yunus.

Moderated by Dr. Nur Arifah Drajati, M.Pd. as a Masters Lecturer in English Education FKIP UNS, this webinar presents 1 resource person who is an expert in this field. He is Prof. Gary Barkhuizen from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The first day of the webinar, Wednesday (11/5/20220), brought up the topic of discussion “Narrative Inquiry as The Life Stories and How to Frame It is a Research“. In his presentation, Prof. Gary explained the definition, the relationship between the story and the narrative inquiry process, the right topics in the narrative inquiry, and the things researchers should do in the narrative inquiry process.

Prof. Gary explained that the narrative inquiry method is focused on stories about the life experiences of the narrator. It also explains the reference to content or context in the narrative inquiry method.

“The narrative inquiry method has the main attention or focus on the stories told by the narrators about their life experiences. That is, the narrative inquiry method is more than just telling stories, but is also related to life experiences in storytelling. The content in narrative inquiry refers to what, what was told, why, when, where, and by whom the story was told,” explained Prof. Gery.

At the end of his presentation, Prof. Gary gives 3 affirmations based on what has been described.

“There are 3 points that must be understood. First, the narrative inquiry method is almost the same as qualitative research, but usually involves a narrative about some in-depth life experience. Second, stories in the narrative inquiry method can be very personal and sensitive. Third, the relationship between researchers and participants in the core of the narrative inquiry method,” concluded Prof. Gary.

After the presentation of the material, the activity continued with a question and answer session and closed with joint documentation.

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