Re-storying Conscious Identity Through Narrative Engagement
In my presentation, I share the preliminary research data from a pilot study in Narrative Inquiry. The data infers the possibility of developing a positive, more resilient and strengthened self-identity through narrative engagement outside the clinical setting. It seems the conscious mind may aid in healing past psychic trauma through intentional re-telling of the experience to/with a thoughtful and compassionate co-conspirator acting as inquirer. The investigation of this phenomenon enriches a new path of narrative analysis that reaches beyond the landscape of consciousness to reveal the landscape of identity. Intentionally manipulating the landscape of identity may offer new understanding about the restorative nature of community dialogue, narrative inquiry and the development of personal narratives. As an education equity researcher, I find the implications relevant, and timely for educational curricular reform that focuses on student empowerment, and social justice principles.
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