chapter  12
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Life history and narrative research revisited

WithPENELOPE HARNETT

In this last chapter I would like to reflect on the process of editing this book on life histories and narratives and my own understanding of learning, identity and power. As the stories have unfolded there has been a constant dialogue between myself as a reader of the chapters and past and present experiences in my own life. Reading the book, I realised that the connections which I was making with the chapters could not neatly be categorised within the field of educational research and I returned to texts which I read many years ago when I studied history as an undergraduate and postgraduate student and then to other texts which I was familiar with as a professional educator of primary school teachers. Literature which I had read also entered the web of connections which I was beginning to weave and places which I had visited acquired alternative interpretations. The chapter thus contains a heterogeneous selection of texts and sources.