Projecting the Future: A Study of Vocational Decisions From a Narrative-Autobiographical Approach

Keywords: narrative, autobiographical approach, photography, vocational orientation, identity

Abstract

We explore the vocational decisions of seven students with learning challenges living in a rural area in Spain and who were completing their final year of compulsory education. Our design combined research and intervention strategies based on notions of sociocultural mediation and re-mediation. Our objectives were both analytical and practical. On the one hand, a sociocultural approach was used to explore how identity meanings are used by the students on a discursive construction related to their vocational choices; on the other hand, students had been provided with tools that facilitated the reflexive act of constructing and projecting their own academic and professional careers. We conclude that the reflexive use of autobiographical narratives makes it possible to provide vocational guidance in social, cultural, and institutional environments, helping to increase its impact on students' lives.

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Author Biographies

Jesús Rubio-Jiménez, Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía

Jesús RUBIO-JIMÉNEZ es psicólogo y trabaja como orientador escolar para la Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía, España. Sus intereses se centran en la aplicación de las herramientas de la psicología cultural al ámbito de la educación y la orientación para la carrera.

María-Fernanda González, Salud Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos

María-Fernanda GONZÁLEZ actualmente es profesora titular en la Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud de la UNER, Argentina. Ha sido docente en la Facultad de Psicología de la UNED, España. Sus intereses de investigación se centran en los procesos de identificación (nacional, personal, de género) y su articulación con las narrativas y las emociones en diferentes contextos. Tiene especial interés en enfoques metodológicos cualitativos basados en aproximaciones biográficas y narrativas.

Published
2017-11-29
How to Cite
Rubio-Jiménez, J., & González, M.-F. (2017). Projecting the Future: A Study of Vocational Decisions From a Narrative-Autobiographical Approach. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-19.1.2668
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Single Contributions