Transformative Interviews: Research that makes a difference

Hi, I am Luciara. After many years researching the problems facing immigrants in Canada, I decided it was time to contribute to the solution through research. This blog chronicles my efforts to engage in research that makes a difference.

If you want to understand why I embarked on this transformative journey, go here. To understand what transformative interviews are, read this post. Several of the posts on this site, are part of my 100-questions challenge, a collection of questions that can support interviewers wanting to make a difference. The up to date list of questions is here.

Nardon, L., Hari, A., Aarma, K. Reflective Interviewing: Increasing social impact through research, International Journal of Qualitative Methods

Abstract Scholars are increasingly calling for research that “makes a difference” through theoretical, practical, societal, and educational impacts. Recognizing that academic research lags behind practitioners’ issues and that most academic writing is inaccessible to those who need the knowledge, some scholars are calling for embedding social impact in the research process itself. We argue that […]

Nardon, L., Hari, A. (2021) Sensemaking through metaphors: The role of imaginative metaphors in constructing new understandings, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Vol 20 (1-10).

Abstract Drawing on in-depth interviews with exchange and international students during the COVID-19 pandemic, we elaborate on the role of Imaginative Metaphor Elicitation (IME) to generate knowledge about participants’ experiences while helping them make sense of and cope with a difficult situation. Imaginative metaphors allow participants to explore feelings, assumptions, and behaviors in non-threatening ways […]

Moving through Space

This post is part of my 100-question challenge, where I review work from researchers, coaches, and counselors to identify questions that support participants to reflect and find solutions to their problems. Learn more about this challenge here. These are questions 73-92. I have just completed a course on “Gaining insight through movement,” a foundational module on Emergent […]

Probing Questions

This post is part of my 100-question challenge, where I review work from researchers, coaches, and counselors to identify questions that support participants to reflect and find solutions to their problems. Learn more about this challenge here. These are questions 65-72. As anybody who ever conducted an interview (or paid close attention to a conversation) knows, […]

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