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Key Idea: Narrative Learning

Narrative Learning highlights the role of narrative and narration in an  individual learning and an understanding of how they act in the world.  The ‘interior conversations’ whereby a person defines their personal thoughts and courses of action and creates their own stories and life missions, is situated at the heart of a person’s map of learning and understanding of their place in the world. Narrative learning as a concept seeks to shift the focus of learning from the prescriptiveness of a strongly defined curriculum to accommodate personal narrative styles and thereby encouraging engagement and motivation in the learning process.  Hence narrative learning is a concept, if embraced, has radical and far reaching implications for existing government policies on curriculum.


Goodson, I. F., Biesta, G., Tedder, M., & Adair, N. (2010). Narrative Learning. London and New York: Routledge.