The thesis personal introductory narrative needs to be more reflective – and scholarly – and situated – than these stories we usually tell ourselves.
So we might say to friends for example – Because my parents belonged to that section of the working class that believed strongly in the power of education, and regretted not being able to go further in their own schooling, I was positioned at the outset to take advantage of the opportunities that schooling offered. It’s important in the introductory thesis personal narrative to hold what we usually say to ourselves up to some critical scrutiny and to make the connections to the following research very clear.
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Why do people want – or are required – to write a personal narrative?
Well there are at least three reasons – any or all of: It is helpful to understand the reasons for writing a personal narrative as these will explicitly guide the choice of what information to include and exclude.You can't write a good introduction until you know what the body of the paper says.Consider writing the introductory section(s) after you have completed the rest of the paper, rather than before.You should draw the reader in and make them want to read the rest of the paper.The next paragraphs in the introduction should cite previous research in this area.The writer must make it crystal clear to the reader which statements are observation and which are interpretation.In most circumstances, this is best accomplished by physically separating statements about new observations from statements about the meaning or significance of those observations.We all have stories that we tell to ourselves about who we are, why we got to be where we are and why particular events and people are important.These are not dissimilar to the stories that we are told by our research participants – they are not “authentic”, but are a kind of fabrication- not false, but constructed to tell a particular story.Don’t leave it up to the examiners to guess these connections.Just to show you what I mean here are a couple of paragraphs from my own Ph D which looked at the changes in South Australian schools after a major national poverty funding programme was stopped.