Negotiating learning through stories: mature women, VET and narrative inquiry

Jeannie Daniels

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This paper explains ray choice of narrative inquiry as a methodological approach in my recently completed PhD study. My research investigated learning experiences of mature women learners in VET. Notions of learning as negotiated lived experience called for a methodological approach that privileged the learner's perspective and opened space in which alternative notions of learning might emerge. From interviews with twelve mature women, I explain how I use stories of learning to understand how these women, as learners with distinct yet diverse life experiences, contextualise their everyday into their VET learning. Some ethical considerations in using other people's stories in narrative research are also identified. I argue for the use of stories to research women's understandings of their VET learning and to reconceptualise learning as an ongoing and integrated process that must be understood within the everyday contexts of women's lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-107
JournalAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


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