Narrating development: professional practice emerging within stories

Ramsey, Caroline (2005). Narrating development: professional practice emerging within stories. Action Research, 3(3) pp. 279–295.



The narrative learning cycle outlined in this article was developed to address three perceived weaknesses in experiential learning cycles and involved three shifts: a shift from one concrete experience to multiple stories; a shift from individual action to social performance; and a shift from an emphasis on cognitive learning to a development of practice. This article recounts the use of such a narrative learning cycle in the development of new practices in the design and practice of an undergraduate management course. Its concluding comments appraise the potential of a narrative learning cycle to enable a professional practitioner to take heed of voices other than their own, appreciate the unavoidably social nature of action and plan their contribution to jointly negotiated practice.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 9405
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1741-2617
  • Keywords
  • change; decision making; narrative; Performative Learning; reflective practice; social constructionism; storytelling
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2005 SAGE Publications
  • Depositing User
  • Jackie Fry