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ERIC Number: EJ1164157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Constructing Narratives in Later Life: Autoethnography beyond the Academy
Golding, Barry; Foley, Annette
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v57 n3 p384-400 Nov 2017
Learning through life experiences as distinct from learning through the academy and courses have become increasingly important themes in later life adult education research and practice. Whilst the dominant discourse for most younger people is still about education and training for students in standardised and accredited courses, there is increasing concern to find ways of giving voice to empower people otherwise excluded, disempowered or missing from mainstream education, learning, research and the community. This paper specifically explores and actively mirrors ways of using techniques developed through academic autoethnography to empower older people to share and make sense of the lives they have lived by exploring some of the unexamined assumptions that govern everyday life, behaviour and decision making including in the many, often very informal contexts well beyond educational institutions, the academy and paid work. In essence, like autoethnography, our paper seeks to identify, interrogate and celebrate ways of revealing and displaying multiple layers of consciousness connecting the personal to the cultural for sharing and celebrating diversity in later life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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