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SELF- NARRATION

The word narrative goes back to the ancient Sanskrit “gna”, a root term that means “know” and that comes down to us through Latin word for both “knowing” (gnarus) and telling (narro). It is a universal tool for knowing as well as telling, for absorbing knowledge as well as expressing it. Narrative is an instrument that provokes active thinking and helps us work through problems, telling or even hearing about them.

Narrative is deeply appealing and richly satisfying to the human soul, with an attraction that transcends cultures, centuries, ideologies, and academic disciplines.  A narration which contains enough details on events clearly and extensively connected by a good narrator, let out from the text all those elements that produce the many strong or subtle combinations of feeling and thought we experience as we listen, how we find meaning in the text.

Narration provides specific situations, small details, vivid images, and all these are the raw material for cognitive appreciation and affective response to the experiences. Narrating is very different from information and from daily communication: you can communicate without narrating. Narration is the language of emotions, and it evokes a fuller response than does a simple statement of fact.

The importance of the narrator in society was well introduced by Walter Benjamin.  He assimilated the figure of the narrator to that of the righteous man, that is who observes and preserves what, observing, learned, becoming witness and means for the community. Task of the narrator, so understood, is “process the experience raw material.... his talent is his life, his dignity is know how to tell it ....the narrator is  person of advice for those who listen”. 

Self-narration happens when the subject desires to address the personal dimension, and he/she disclose him/her self. Self-narration implies the capacity of depicting own life, it can improve by practicing it, in this way becoming an important tool supporting the learning processes.

Self-narration happens in a self directed learning process. It is used as a pedagogical tool in adult education, more and more in the last decades. The self-narrationhas been identified as a good method for passing on the passion and knowledge connected with handicraft traditions.

So Self-narration of working life is successful when narration is able not only to transmit techniques, procedures, little tricks, but much more, that is the passion, sensitivity and awareness that belong to the way you live your profession. You have to be intentional in this, to tend toward, that is having experience, sharing it and build meaning of it together. The past, what experienced in the past get new meaning from the current experience that narrator and listener have together. This is new knowledge that goes to own story, to own life project.

Self-narration refers to increase the adult’s motivation and ability to be mentors, and also the young adults’ awareness of the importance of the cultural heritage.

The nature of self-narration:

-     Interpretation of facts and events, not lists of them,

–    self-directed in depth examination of emotional experiences in own life experience, that is you narrate when you are able to let thoughts, emotions and feeling to emerge, all that set choices, behaviour, relationships which make the personal narrative,

–        Narration hasn’t to do with judging, but with relationship, so narration fits well with the concepts of network, dialogue, connections, new grouping and transformation.

Mature and older people who have working life experiences on the field of handicraft can be trained to be confident in externalizing their own stories, so that they are better to locate and assess their own stories within larger familial or cultural contexts. They can pass them, and the feelings, the values and the insights those experiences are filled with, on to younger population. Narration hasn’t to do with judging, but with relationship, so narration fits well with the concepts of network, dialogue, connections, new grouping and transformation.

Referring to Adult Education, the content  is just one part of the “programme”, very important is instead to (take) care of the words, looking for symbols and metaphors, allusions and ambiguities, making depth-first search of topics, episodes, events. The narrator should be a researcher and artist of words, that above I called “good narrator”. Whatever you want to say, there is only one name to express it, only one verb to give it life, only one adjective to describe it. (Gustave Flaubert).

Using self narration in adult education strongly entails positive and confident relationships.

Set up contexts and climates favorable to narrate him/her self, look for a comfortable room to welcome people

Double check that people taking part in the workshop are willing to narrate, that is to undertake a self training, and to “waste” time while getting access to memory and to iterate narrative. The time you need is much more for the process than for the content/product.

Our TRAME project could create an inventory of “things” to be modified, in the process of bringing up to date the experiences of the past.

In our project learning and practicing self-narration aims to improve the transfer of skill.

The starting point has always to do with superficial aspects of life, only at the end of the first session the dominant theme of the project, or training course, is introduced.

During the following sessions each short story which focuses on the project objective is followed by practice of sharing, discussion and conversation, so that new circularity and another narrative is created. So understood, narrative is like a resistance action, an ethics action of resistance to oblivion and indifference toward the past and tradition.

 

 

SELF- NARRATION

The word narrative goes back to the ancient Sanskrit “gna”, a root term that means “know” and that comes down to us through Latin word for both “knowing” (gnarus) and telling (narro). It is a universal tool for knowing as well as telling, for absorbing knowledge as well as expressing it. Narrative is an instrument that provokes active thinking and helps us work through problems, telling or even hearing about them.

Narrative is deeply appealing and richly satisfying to the human soul, with an attraction that transcends cultures, centuries, ideologies, and academic disciplines.  A narration which contains enough details on events clearly and extensively connected by a good narrator, let out from the text all those elements that produce the many strong or subtle combinations of feeling and thought we experience as we listen, how we find meaning in the text.

Narration provides specific situations, small details, vivid images, and all these are the raw material for cognitive appreciation and affective response to the experiences. Narrating is very different from information and from daily communication: you can communicate without narrating. Narration is the language of emotions, and it evokes a fuller response than does a simple statement of fact.

The importance of the narrator in society was well introduced by Walter Benjamin.  He assimilated the figure of the narrator to that of the righteous man, that is who observes and preserves what, observing, learned, becoming witness and means for the community. Task of the narrator, so understood, is “process the experience raw material.... his talent is his life, his dignity is know how to tell it ....the narrator is  person of advice for those who listen”. 

Self-narration happens when the subject desires to address the personal dimension, and he/she disclose him/her self. Self-narration implies the capacity of depicting own life, it can improve by practicing it, in this way becoming an important tool supporting the learning processes.

Self-narration happens in a self directed learning process. It is used as a pedagogical tool in adult education, more and more in the last decades. The self-narrationhas been identified as a good method for passing on the passion and knowledge connected with handicraft traditions.

So Self-narration of working life is successful when narration is able not only to transmit techniques, procedures, little tricks, but much more, that is the passion, sensitivity and awareness that belong to the way you live your profession. You have to be intentional in this, to tend toward, that is having experience, sharing it and build meaning of it together. The past, what experienced in the past get new meaning from the current experience that narrator and listener have together. This is new knowledge that goes to own story, to own life project.

Self-narration refers to increase the adult’s motivation and ability to be mentors, and also the young adults’ awareness of the importance of the cultural heritage.

The nature of self-narration:

-     Interpretation of facts and events, not lists of them,

–    self-directed in depth examination of emotional experiences in own life experience, that is you narrate when you are able to let thoughts, emotions and feeling to emerge, all that set choices, behaviour, relationships which make the personal narrative,

–        Narration hasn’t to do with judging, but with relationship, so narration fits well with the concepts of network, dialogue, connections, new grouping and transformation.

Mature and older people who have working life experiences on the field of handicraft can be trained to be confident in externalizing their own stories, so that they are better to locate and assess their own stories within larger familial or cultural contexts. They can pass them, and the feelings, the values and the insights those experiences are filled with, on to younger population. Narration hasn’t to do with judging, but with relationship, so narration fits well with the concepts of network, dialogue, connections, new grouping and transformation.

Referring to Adult Education, the content  is just one part of the “programme”, very important is instead to (take) care of the words, looking for symbols and metaphors, allusions and ambiguities, making depth-first search of topics, episodes, events. The narrator should be a researcher and artist of words, that above I called “good narrator”. Whatever you want to say, there is only one name to express it, only one verb to give it life, only one adjective to describe it. (Gustave Flaubert).

Using self narration in adult education strongly entails positive and confident relationships.

Set up contexts and climates favorable to narrate him/her self, look for a comfortable room to welcome people

Double check that people taking part in the workshop are willing to narrate, that is to undertake a self training, and to “waste” time while getting access to memory and to iterate narrative. The time you need is much more for the process than for the content/product.

Our TRAME project could create an inventory of “things” to be modified, in the process of bringing up to date the experiences of the past.

In our project learning and practicing self-narration aims to improve the transfer of skill.

The starting point has always to do with superficial aspects of life, only at the end of the first session the dominant theme of the project, or training course, is introduced.

During the following sessions each short story which focuses on the project objective is followed by practice of sharing, discussion and conversation, so that new circularity and another narrative is created. So understood, narrative is like a resistance action, an ethics action of resistance to oblivion and indifference toward the past and tradition.

 

 


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