Promoting and developing direct scribing to capture the narratives of homeless youth in special education
Qualitative Social Work
This article highlights the use of direct scribing to gather special education narratives of homeless youth. Direct scribing is a method of qualitative research developed in child welfare practice and adapted for research with foster youth. Its strengths include offering voice, power, and ownership of narratives to participants using minimal technology and the framework of narrativity. The article improves on the rigor of this method, highlighting considerations about ?working up? or attention to interactional processes leading up to direct scribing, and the need to offer narrative power to participants. It offers a different take on interview practices including eye contact, listening, and the use of a computer screen as an interface. Through an extensive illumination of the narrativity of one participant, the preparation, process, and outcome of direct scribing are highlighted. The fit between social work values and this method is in keeping with advancing an anti-oppressive focus in research and practice.
Link to Published Version
Saldanha, Kennedy. (2015). Promoting and developing direct scribing to capture the narratives of homeless youth in special education. Qualitative Social Work, 14(6), 794–819. doi:10.1177/1473325015570690