Experienced and recalled transitions: Starting school as part of life history

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This chapter considers memories about starting school as part of a person’s autobiographical narrative. The stories reported here are extracts from narrative interviews in Finland and Australia and are used to highlight the implications of life course theory and ecological models. The results indicate that memories about starting school play an important role in a person’s autobiographical narrative. Starting school happens in different contexts which are intertwined in memories. They also contain different kinds of autobiographical knowledge and self-defining memories which can be referred as turning points in one’s life course. This study approach draws attention to a wide landscape of starting school within multiple contexts and an elastic sense of time. It can help educators and parents to become more aware of the impact of their own memories when they work with children in transition to school. It also highlights the importance of starting school in one’s life course with long-lasting recollections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitions to school
Subtitle of host publicationInternational research, policy and practice
EditorsSue Dockett, Anne Petriwskyj, Bob Perry
Place of PublicationDordtrecht, The Netherlands
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic) 9789400773509
ISBN (Print)9789400773493
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development


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