ERIC Number: ED464266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Adult Learning by "the Biography of Place."
The "biography of place" can be available in the objective (currently valid and predominant) history of a given region of residence or it can be created by individuals in the process of reflections on their own social identity, which is defined by their place of living. Each perspective is conditioned by an epistemological and methodological perspective. The first formulation is characterized by this traditional perspective used in social sciences: specifically, the structural and functional perspective in the context of historical analyses. The second approach to the biography of place is characterized by an interpretive approach. Both perspectives raise the issue of a "binding agent" linking the world of individuals' life in a given group, community, or local society. Whether both perspectives can be combined remains open to debate. It is suggested that they can constitute a certain point of reference for each other and serve as counterpoints for mutual descriptions of the "biography of place." The stories of inhabitants of a small town in western Poland were collected, analyzed, and interpreted. The town's "biography of place" was told in individual life histories of the inhabitants in the following dimensions: everyday life; critical events; and the feeling of sharing "the place" with others. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Biographies, Definitions, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Educational Research, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Relationship, Learning Processes, Life Events, Linking Agents, Personal Narratives, Place Based Education, Research Methodology, Social History
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Poland