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Critical narrative as pedagogy by Ivor Goodson

By Ivor Goodson

Ivor Goodson and Scherto Gill examine and speak about a chain of trans-disciplinary case reviews from diversified cultures and argue that narrative is not just a wealthy and profound approach for people to make feel in their lives, but additionally in itself a means of pedagogical come across, studying and transformation. As pedagogic websites, existence narratives let the person to seriously learn their ‘scripts' for studying that are encapsulated of their notion tactics, discourses, ideals and values. Goodson and Gill express how narratives may help educators and scholars shift from a disenfranchised culture to 1 of empowerment.

This distinct publication brings jointly case reviews of lifestyles narratives as an method of studying and meaning-making in several disciplines and cultural settings, together with instructor schooling, grownup studying, (auto)biographicalwriting, psychotherapy, intercultural studying and group improvement. Educators, researchers and practitioners from various disciplines will locate the case reviews accumulated during this publication necessary in increasing their realizing of the potential for narrative as a phenomenon, as technique, and as pedagogy.

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We will receive a myriad of answers depending on whom you want to talk to. There are answers such as the following: to serve God; to prepare for the afterlife; to answer a calling; to embark on a journey of life and embrace all that I encounter; to make positive contributions to the wellbeing of others; to fight for equality; to live life fully in accordance with my gifts and talents; to self-actualize and become who I really am; to satisfy all my needs and experience all that I desire. Perhaps some people will say they want to be high achievers with wealth, status, power and so forth.

Freire further describes that humans are ‘beings for another’ (Freire, 1996, p. 49). This gives rise to the implication that care or caring is the human thing to do even in a process of being critical. Thus at the heart of Freire’s thesis lies the primacy of ethics – a vision of the good and our quest for the unfolding of human potential. Thus the highest good is to be human, which is equivalent to being ethical and moral. The Freirean ethics of humanization comprise humans’ aspiration to transform the world through reflective, critical, dialogical action.

Identity allows a person to maintain a sense of sameness and continuity that is not readily given to the individual by society or simply a maturational phenomenon as one gets older. In the Eriksonian view, identity must be developed through sustained individual effort. Failing to address those more pronounced ‘issues’ at the relevant life stages may result in role diffusion, alienation and a sense of isolation and confusion. Becoming oneself involves the establishment of a meaningful self-concept in which one’s past, present and future are brought together to form a unified whole.

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