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Secrecy and the development of personal identity—A challenge for parents and teachers in our time

theory in understanding human experience. More important than alienating theorizing is the pre-theoretic lifeworld. P r a c t i c e - - o r l i f e - - c o m e s first, theory later. Typically, the authors of this book say (p. 9) that their ambition is not to offer a new theory. They try to refrain from developing abstractions and comprehensive schemes. Rather, they attempt to explore the experience of secrecy and privacy in a phenomenological manner. To this end they have collected over the years scores of memories of childhood's secrets. And the power of these memories lies not in the fact that they are strange and bizarre. They are common and everyday experiences. The stories could have been our own. Methodology The book is a phenomenologically inspired work, partly carried out by telling stories or anecdotes. "The turn to narrative" is a tendency in pedagogical research today, and in this respect "Childhood's Secrets" fails into that tradition, but perhaps not in other respects. Max van Manen has used case studies of this kind before, e.g., in his interesting book, "The Tact of Teaching". Language is important in phenomenology. Words, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Teaching and Teacher Education Elsevier

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