Journeys of transition: the role of narrative within the Stoneleigh Project

Loynes, Christopher ORCID logo ORCID: (2010) Journeys of transition: the role of narrative within the Stoneleigh Project. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 10 (2). pp. 127-145.

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This paper explores the role of narrative in the Stoneleigh Project, an outdoor retreat approach to supporting marginalised young people in becoming agents of personal and social change. The metaphor of a journey, developed by sociological writers, is applied to the transition of young people to adulthood. Undertaken as a narrative enquiry, the programme is analysed in the context of educational theory especially Bernstein's theory of recognition codes. The way in which this unusual programme encourages the development of new personal narratives both verbally and in embodied forms is explored. Examples illustrate how young people applied their narratives to the reconstruction of their personal histories in ways that empowered them to begin journeys of transformation of their identities. Further examples examine how these journeys led, in many cases, to significant life changes brought about by the actions of the young people. A retreat style of programme and an understanding of narrative are suggested as strategies for those assisting the personal development of young people. Narrative enquiry is suggested as an approach to understanding experiential education programmes.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN: 1754-0402
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2011 15:26
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 09:45


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