Memories about starting school: What is remembered after decades?

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    This study explores the memories of starting school that remain in a person's mind throughout the decades. The data were collected from elderly/retired people in Finland. The participants were recruited through two magazines and were asked to write a story on their memories about starting school. Eight stories about starting school in 1937'1957 were received and were analyzed using discourse analysis. The results showed that memories about starting school included memories of leaving home and saying goodbye, signs of the schoolchild, feelings of uncertainty in new situations and realizing differences. The Second World War also had an impact on the memories. The results indicated that both positive and negative memories related to starting school remained after decades.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-84
    Number of pages16
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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