Community Meeting Notes (Dec 6, 2017) - Using Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry to increase personal knowing



Jasna K. Schwind, RN, PhD

Associate Professor; Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University


At completion of the workshop, participants will have an increased understanding of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry, as a qualitative research approach. Specifically, historical and philosophical background, as well as how and where to use narrative research. Participants will also engage in experiential activities using Narrative Reflective Process.


This is a 90-minute workshop on Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry (AINI), qualitative research approach. In this workshop, participants learn what AINI is, and how it may be implemented in exploration of storied experiences in personal-professional situations. The workshop consists of an interactive lecture, as well as a creative reflective activity, using Narrative Reflective Process.

Target audience:

Anyone interested in exploring lived experiences in personal-professional situations.



  • Qualitative Research, specifically person-centred care
    • "Qualitative" is captured by "descriptive"; literary approach to research
  • Narrative research is used to give voice, specifically to those whose voice is not typically heard.
    • Narrative research is an umbrella term that covers research about experience
    • Narrative is at the extreme end of qualitative research
    • The knowledge gained is co-created with the subject  (patient) and the researcher(s)
  • Narrative Inquiry was developed by Michael Connelly and Jean Clandinin
  • Every experience informs every subsequent experience
  • What is the purpose of the research?" is the starting point
    • Do a review of literature to see what has already been done, to expand on it or create new knowledge
    • Practical and ??? justification
    • Why am I doing this, how is it going to benefit humanity?
    • Research question is called the "inquiry puzzle"
      invite people to participate (purposive sampling (vs random sampling?))
      • conversations are audio recorded and transcribed
      • participants have a chance to verify and edit to ensure that you captured their story correctly.
  • We know more than we can say.
    • This can be revealed through creative activities
  • Exercise: Draw an image with your non-dominant hand representing you as an instrument of care
    • In all of these exercises it is the person who chooses the metaphor who gets to interpret it.
    • intention: to bypass our logic of mind which can be linear.