Narrative inquiry as travel study method: affordances and constraints Academic Article uri icon


  • This article maps how narrative inquiry-the use of story to study human experience-has been employed as both method and form to capture cross-cultural learning associated with Western doctoral students' travel study to eastern destinations. While others were the first to employ this method in the travel study domain, we are the first to comprehensively explore the affordances and constraints of the methodology and the possibilities it holds for illuminating knowledge developments, community growth, and identity transformations on the part of participating students. Story fragments illustrating each of these opportunities and challenges are drawn from the China Study Abroad Program, a program sponsored by the University of Houston's Asian American Studies Center that has been underway since 1995. Affordances of the narrative inquiry research method include such things as detailed accounts of individuals in interaction with diverse people/places/things and explications of stories people live in and by. Accounts, which are "true for now," as opposed to true for all time and the dangers of human fallibility form two examples of narrative inquiry's constraints. 2013 Education Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

published proceedings

  • Asia Pacific Education Review

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Craig, C. J., Zou, Y., & Poimbeauf, R.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Craig, Cheryl J||Zou, Yali||Poimbeauf, Rita

publication date

  • March 2014