Restorying lived lives in educational research: Storyboarding as a creative space for scholarly thinking in narrative analysis


Traditionally, a storyboard has been used in the film-making industry as part of the preparatory process of film
production. In this article, we focus on its use as a creative space for analysis in educational research.
Specifically, we make visible our learnings, as social science researchers, about storyboarding as an
imaginative, tangible, and reflexive space for narrative inquirers to work with the complexity of restorying lived
lives in educational research. We draw on Sibonelo’s reflections on using the storyboard in his doctoral
dissertation and offer our subsequent dialogues on his reflections as the data for this article. Our learnings
indicate that storyboarding opens-up researcher subjectivity in the restorying process. In engaging critical
friends, it serves as a space for the mediation of multiple perspectives and meanings of participants’ lived lives
and is an imaginative space in which to filter creatively large amounts of field texts. We thus suggest that
storyboarding enhances verisimilitude in the restorying process.

Keywords: critical friend, narrative analysis, narrative inquiry, productive ambiguity, storyboarding,
verisimilitude, visual research