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The narrative potential of the British Birth Cohort Studies

Elliott, J; (2008) The narrative potential of the British Birth Cohort Studies. Qualitative Research , 8 (3) pp. 411-421. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper draws attention to the narrative potential of longitudinal studies such as the British Birth Cohort Studies (BBCS), and explores the possibility of creating narrative case histories and conducting narrative analysis based on information available from the studies. The BBCS have historically adopted a quantitative research design and used structured interviews and questionnaires to collect data from large samples of individuals born in specific years. However, the longitudinal nature of these studies means that they follow the same sample of individuals from birth through childhood into adult life, and this leads to the creation of data that can be understood as a quantitative auto/biography.

Type: Article
Title: The narrative potential of the British Birth Cohort Studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: This article is highly original in exploring the narrative elements of longitudinal large-scale quantitative studies. It highlights the information that is available within the British Birth Cohort Studies for innovative approaches to social research.
Keywords: Qualitative analysis, Cohort/longitudinal study, narrative;, longitudinal research;, cohort studies;, mixed methods research
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538288
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