Researching about Professional Identity from a Biographic-Narrative Perspective: The Use of the Life Histories

By Almudena Ocaña Fernández and M. Teresa Pozo Llorente.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In this paper we propose the use of a biographic-narrative method and, particularly, the reconstruction of life histories as a tool we can use to understand professional identity. Several changes have taken place in the both the educational context and the professional world since the role of the Teacher in Music Education began. By reconstructing their life histories, the teachers share with us their own explanations about their teaching practice and the difficulties they faced, for example, whilst at the same time allowing us to evaluate the impact of the different life experiences that have occurred throughout the teaching process have had on their beliefs and teaching skills. Thus, through this narrative discussion, we can encourage the teachers to reflect critically upon their own practices, which will subsequently be transformed, and detect their training needs in order to propose future training that is better suited to their needs. Therefore, we are going to focus on the description of this tool, to justify its useful role in educational research and we will describe the different phases used to reconstruct the life histories, from the initial stage of collecting the information to the last stage of writing the final report.

Keywords: Biographic – Narrative Research, Life Histories, Qualitative Research, Professional Identity, Professional Music Teacher Training

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 970.557KB).

Dr. Almudena Ocaña Fernández

Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación, Departamento de Didáctica de la Expresión Musical, Plástica y Corporal, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Andalucía, Spain

Dr. Ocaña Fernández holds a PhD in the field of Didactics of Musical Expression. Since 2001 she has lectured at the University of Granada, offering coursework in collaborative research and narrative methodology. She works in the areas of Music Education, Intercultural Education and Initial Professional Teaching and has participated in different workgroups to research Education and biographical narrative.

Dr. M. Teresa Pozo Llorente

Professor, Department of Methods of research and diagnostic in Education, Universidad de Granada, Andalucía, Spain

Dr. Mª Teresa Pozo Llorente holds a PhD in the field of Social Pedagogy. Since 1995 she has lectured at the University of Granada offering coursework in Qualitative Research Methods. She currently works in the areas of Social, Intercultural and Environmental Education and her research focuses on evaluative and biographical narrative research.


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