Work transitions as told: a narrative approach to biographical learning

Anders Hallqvist, Lars-Christer Hydén
2013 Studies in Continuing Education  
In this article we make a contribution to the development of a narrative approach to biographical learning; that is, an approach that considers autobiographical storytelling as a practice through which claims about life history are performed and negotiated. Doing this, we recognize the variety in people's way of making autobiographical narratives. Using insights from narrative theory, we highlight evaluations in narratives and suggest their crucial role in promoting reflexivity. The research
more » ... ty. The research area is unemployment, more specifically, work transitions following company restructuring and redundancy supported by outplacement services. Recognizing the learning potential in making autobiographical narratives, the article examines job-loss narratives told by people made redundant. The analysis focuses on strategies used in moments of evaluation. Our findings point to a variety of evaluative strategies and different kinds of reflexivity and, in turn, variation in the potential for biographical learning.
doi:10.1080/0158037x.2012.712037 pmid:23532727 fatcat:ft7ag2offzf35dnrjdsar3q2pm