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Using Biographical and Life History Approaches in the Study of Adult and Lifelong Learning: European Perspectives


Edited By Linden West, Peter Alheit, Anders Siig Anderson and Barbara Merrill

This book illuminates the rich and creative uses of biographical and life history approaches in studying adult and lifelong learning, in diverse ways and settings, across many European countries. It draws on the work of internationally known scholars – under the auspices of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) – and encompasses learning in the workplace, in families, communities, schools, colleges and universities, as well as in the professions, and in managing processes of migration and building new social movements. The reader will discover, in these pages, a compelling chronicle of the interplay of learning across people’s lives – formal, informal and intimate – and how to make sense of this, using interdisciplinary perspectives. The book will speak to researchers – new and experienced – and educators and other professionals wanting to extend their understanding of learners and learning as well as the potential of this ‘family’ of research methods.


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Preface 7 Acknowledgements 9 Introduction: Why this Book, and Why Now? 1 1 Linden West, Peter Alheit, Anders Siig Andersen and Barbara Merri!! 2 Biographical Approaches and their Development in National Contexts 27 Linden West and Barbara Merri!! with Peter Alheit, Agnieszka Bron, Anders Säg Anderson and Edmee DlIagnier 3 Lifelong Leaming and Biography: A Competitive Dynamic Between the Macro- and the Micro Level of Education 57 Peter Alheit and Bettina Dausien 4 Recovering Class and the Collective in the Stories of Adult Leamers 7 1 Barbara Merri!! 5 Gender, between the Knowledge Economy and Every Day Life 9 1 Kirsten Weber 6 Challenging gender with l ife history 1 09 Edmee DlIagnier 7 Professional Identities, Subjectivity, and Leaming: Be( com)ing a General Practitioner 1 25 Henning Salling Diesen 8 Life History and Leaming in Working Life 1 43 Anders Säg Andersen and Rebecca Savery Trojaborg 6 Contents 9 Developing an auto/biographical imagination Nod Miller 1 0 Therapy and narratives of self Marianne Horsdal I I Leaming, Language and Transition Agnieszka Bron 1 2 An Auto/biographical Imagination: The Radical Challenge of Families and their Leaming Linden West 1 3 Educational Biography as a Reflective Approach to the Training of Adult Educators Pierre Dominice 1 4 Mixing Methods to Measure Leaming Benefits Tom Schuller, John Preston and Cathie Hammond 1 5 Biographical and Life History Approaches : Commonal ities and Differences in the Study of Adult and Lifelong Leaming Linden West, Barbara Merrill and Anders Säg Andersen with...

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