Title

Staying at School: Reflective Narratives of Resistance and Transition

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor ans Francis

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Education, Fogarty Learning Centre

RAS ID

8372

Comments

This article was originally published as: Gray. J(2009). Staying at school: reflective narratives of resistance and transition. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives 10 (5) 645-656. Original article available here

Abstract

My narrative inquiry in this paper explores the experience of a young woman from a disadvantaged background who struggled to stay at school. This student’s story is embedded within a larger story, drawn from a longitudinal study of 250 senior students and their struggle to stay at school. The intersection of the student’s school, home and personal stories provide a very personal insight into the lived experience of this struggle, negotiated within the context of the institutional narrative. The student’s story is considered in two ways. First, consideration as a narrative of resistance provides a way to explore the impact of social influences on the very personal narratives of people in marginalised social positions. Second, consideration as a narrative of transition provides a way to acknowledge the storyteller’s reflections as she accounted for her accommodation of changing goals, negotiated her learning space and translated her home life. Interrogating the narrative coherence of this student’s story through the twin lens of resistance and transition opened the way for new thinking about the struggle to stay at school. This approach allows opportunities for looking beyond the dominant retention narrative to consider other, marginal and illuminating narrative understandings of this complex problem, embedded as it is within a dynamic social context.

DOI

10.1080/14623940903290711

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1080/14623940903290711