Narrative histories: Journeys of discovery

Year: 2007

Author: Peeler, Eleanor

Type of paper: Refereed paper

A narrative history is a journey of discovery that keeps memories alive. Narratives of those who lived in and influenced a particular time reveal the social, political and educational landscape. Memories of those who contributed to education in Victoria in the past century are quickly fading and their part may be forgotten as the reality of their ageing looms. It is important therefore to document the contribution of those who shaped our education system and to record their stories.

Interviews with various people and members of organisations illuminate the significance of their work and their legacies to education. Narratives shared by those who remember add voice to archival records. This paper addresses narrative journeys of discovery and explores how personal accounts, interviews and examination of relevant archival sources keep their histories alive. Memories of this immediate post generation of educators bring reality to their contributions and enhance our educational knowledge.