Questioning Assumptions and Exploring Realities
Edited By Heather M. Pleasants and Dana E. Salter
Chapter 4: Our Stories, Ourselves: Exploring Identities, Sharing Experiences and Building Relationships through Patient Voices
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Our Stories, Ourselves: Exploring Identities, Sharing Experiences and Building Relationships through Patient Voices
Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner
Storytelling is the mode of description best suited to transformation in new situations of action. (Schön, 1988)
In a chapter that focuses on processes and initiatives that facilitate reflective exploration of personal and socio-political identity, and then turns those reflections around to illuminate issues and practices in health and social care, it seems only appropriate to begin with a brief exploration of our own personal, professional and ideological identities.
As the millennium turned, we (Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner) breathed a sigh of relief at surviving the “millennium bug,” rebooted our PCs and continued our work: developing open and distance learning materials from basic skills to Masters and healthcare to accountancy but, always, remembering that “learning should be delightful.”
In the first years of the millennium, we shifted towards the nascent elearning market, always guided by Pip to deliver transformational learning through emphasizing learners’ reflection on their own practice as well as that of others. We had always worked hard at creating educational materials and programs that learners could engage with and relate to. Aware of Pascal’s dictum that “we tell stories to entertain, and to teach,” we incorporated into those materials and programs textual case studies, stories and vignettes to engage and challenge, as well as the raw knowledge to be...
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