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Wanting to be ‘known’:re-defining self-awareness through an understanding of self-narration processes in educational transitions.

Warin, Jo and Muldoon, Janine (2009) Wanting to be ‘known’:re-defining self-awareness through an understanding of self-narration processes in educational transitions. British Educational Research Journal, 35 (2). pp. 289-304. ISSN 0141-1926

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to initiate discussion about the pursuit of self-awareness – a concept embedded in recent policy – as an educational goal. We argue that complex theoretical questions need to be addressed if improvements in policy and practice relating to personal, social and emotional education are to ensue. Such questions relate to possible interpretations of ‘self-awareness’, a term that may be linked to out-dated theories, implying a ‘self’ to be discovered and the possibility that people can sustain a ‘sense of self’ across time and place. From this perspective, self-awareness may seem overly individualistic, obscuring more pro-social goals (e.g., empathy, compassion, citizenship). Drawing on sociological and social psychological literature, as well as data from an empirical study of identity construction, we hope to contribute to the provision of firm foundations for personal, social and emotional education through a stronger theoretical exposition of ‘self-awareness’. Our re-conceptualised version highlights the importance of an expanded and flexible story of self, which we view as an invaluable tool for learning, fostering an openness to change.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: British Educational Research Journal
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
    ID Code: 59259
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 16 Oct 2012 09:06
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:42
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59259

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