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Narrating unfinished business: the accumlation of credentials and re-imagined horizons across the life-course

Pegg, Ann and Di Paolo, Terry (2011). Narrating unfinished business: the accumlation of credentials and re-imagined horizons across the life-course. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference 2011: Positive Futures for Higher Education; Connections, Communities and Criticality, 7- 9 December 2011, Newport, Wales, UK.

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between lifelong learning and the lifecourse and draws on the findings from interviews with part-time mature learners who are either completing previous studies from another institution or returning to higher education to study further undergraduate level qualifications. In this work we position past learning as institutional cultural capital and explore the role of this past capital in enabling students to orient towards their future self (Stevenson and Clegg,2011) and realise imagined career horizons (Hodkinson, 2008). Adopting a narrative analysis, the paper outlines three emerging narrative themes, travelling, exploring and unfinished business. We need to understand a range of possible narratives that students draw upon to support successful learning and to move forward the flexibility of our student centred curriculum.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Authors
Keywords: employability; credit transfer; narrative; lifelong learning
Academic Unit/Department: Other Departments > Office of PVC Academic
Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 30928
Depositing User: Ann Pegg
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 16:15
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2014 01:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30928
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