Life History Approach: Biographies and psycho-societal Interpretation

Bidragets oversatte titel: Livshistorietilgangen: Biografier og psyko-social tolkning

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A Life History Approach. Biographies and psycho-societal interpretations
The article presents a development of biographical research in education and learning research, in which psycho-societal interpretations play a key role. The horizon of the approach is the lifelong subjective engagement in intended as well as unintended learning, in formal education as well as in everyday life. Life histories represent lived lives past, present and anticipated future. As such they are interpretations of individuals’ experiences of the way in which societal dynamics take place in the individual body and mind, either by the individual him/herself or by another biographer. The Life History approach was developing from interpreting autobiographical and later certain other forms of language interactive material as moments of life history, i.e. it is basically a hermeneutic approach. Talking about a psycho-societal approach indicates the ambition of attacking the dichotomy of the social and the psychic, both in the interpretation procedure and in some main theoretical understandings of language, body and mind. My article will present the reflections on the use of life history based methodology in learning and education research as a kind of learning story of research work.

Bidragets oversatte titelLivshistorietilgangen: Biografier og psyko-social tolkning
TidsskriftCulture, Biography and Lifelong Learning
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)1-18
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2015


  • Livshistorie,
  • biografi
  • erfaring
  • psyko-social tolkning
  • hermeneutik

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