Of mockingbirds and butterflies: A narrative inquiry with adult learners in a Cavendish Farms classroom
Contributor(s)Lyle, Ellyn (author)
Brookes, Anne-Louise (Thesis advisor)
De Freitas, Elizabeth (Thesis advisor)
(Supervisory Committee Member)
KeywordsEducation, Adult and Continuing
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AbstractMany learners experience feelings of disconnection from their schooling. The literature examining this disengagement tends to focus on necessary curriculum change, suggested system change, and the importance of making the studies meaningful to students. It seems to me, though, that there is little written that discusses with the learners why they have given up on formal schooling. Employing a narrative methodology within a practitioner-research framework, my inquiry examines the stories 4 learners who disengaged from school and have negotiated paths of reconnection. My goal in giving voice to these stories was to enter into a dialogue, both with the learners and the theory, which would help me understand academic disengagement and potential ways to re-engage. In addition to the theory surrounding the methodology and framework, the study considers the theory of voice and the role of literacy in our schooling practises. Finally, those schooling practises are examined as they function in a non-traditional learning centre attended by all 4 participants.
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1095.