Putting School in Its Place: A Narrative Analysis of the Educational Memories of Late Adult and Elder People

  • David Poveda Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Manuel Palomares-Valera Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Ana Cano Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Keywords: aging, narrative analysis, gender, schooling, life-span development

Abstract

This paper analyzes narratives regard­ing educational experiences and memories of a group of adult and elder Spaniards. Data was gathered through life history interviews, most often by participant's grandchildren. Schooling is exam­ined as a life-transition from a life-span perspec­tive. While the participants of the study attended for­mal education under very different socio-histor­ical and political conditions, a number of shared patterns emerge in the data. First, participants on average spent little time in schools, yet overall would have liked to continue their education. Both the reasons to leave school and the curriculum in schools are organized around gender categories. Second, the implications of early school with­drawal are contextualized in the rural context in which participants grew up and which provided adult social roles and occupations that were only partially connected to formal education. Third, par­tici­pants show an orientation towards instrumental and school skills, which are also acquired and expanded in out-of-school contexts. The findings are discussed in relation to general theories of development in later life and situated in historical context. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0401389

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

David Poveda, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
David POVEDA is professor of Human Development and Educational Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research interests are narrative and discourse across social contexts, literacy and social diversity in education. At the moment, he is researching with other colleagues the language practices of Gitano children in Spain.
Manuel Palomares-Valera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Manuel PALOMARES-VALERA is a teacher and educational psychologist. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He also works as a counselor for minors who are under state custody in foster homes.
Ana Cano, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Ana CANO is a teacher and educational psychologist. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She also provides after-school educational support to children.
Published
2004-01-31
How to Cite
Poveda, D., Palomares-Valera, M., & Cano, A. (2004). Putting School in Its Place: A Narrative Analysis of the Educational Memories of Late Adult and Elder People. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-5.1.657