• Marilyn Johnston-ParsonsEmail author
  • Michael F. Watts
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


Both narratives and narrative research engage with the construction of meaning through the organisation and interpretation of experience – whether the experience of individuals, communities, or countries. Narratives help us make sense of the world and communicate our understanding of it. Bruner (Bruner 1986; Connelly and Clandinin 1990) suggests that the power of narrative is to render “the exceptional and the unusual into comprehensible form” (p. 47); Clandinin and Connelly (1990) claim that people tell stories because they “lead storied lives” (p. 2). Narrative is the form by which we think of ourselves and others; we generate stories as a way of constructing our lives.


Cultural Capital Street Child Narrative Research Rhetorical Analysis Nonformal Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA
  2. 2.NorwichUK

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