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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Images on training: stories about learning
Name of author(s): Gargano Albina, Garrino Lorenza, Lombardo Sarina
Name of publisher: Tutor, 2002; 3: 124-129
Language of the publication: Italian
Language of the review: English
The work investigates on the images related to the training experiences described by the attendees to the training courses for Tutors and Nurse training supervisors of the Nursing diploma (current Nursing Degree Course), Turin.

Starting from the most recurrent aspects of the training experience within groups of nurses, the predominant pedagogical patterns of their personal experiences are recreated, that is, what remains in their reminiscence after 5-10-20 years.

The aim is to promote a meeting between the protagonists and the latent elements of their training stories and achieve within the group a shared, deconstructive and reflective reading process as regards the emerged contents.

In this research the material provided by the attendees through narratives has to undergo a test, therefore the meaning units and the most considerable images are highlighted.

The most frequent and problematic topics are: the first day of internship, the first contact with the body of the assisted person, the feeling of loneliness facing the pain and death, the judgement about the right distance within the relationship, the power relations within the educational relationship.
The analysis underlines the importance to start from the attendees experience, considering the generative processes that the narrative method allows through the attribution of a meaning to the different kinds of stories and the sharing of patterns and experiences.

Reviewer's comments on the document:
The performed analysis stresses on the importance of starting from the personal experience considering narrative generative processes as a continually evolving relation, as individual paths of meaning attribution and collective practices of consensual construction of experiential worlds.

All this represents the condition to the development of new attitudes by learning to think about the way knowledge and learning are acquired and approaching to the educational processes with methodologies and innovative tools.
Considering the strength of the method and the highly positive quality of the context that can be determined, the authors underline the unexpected and nearly disconcerting quality of narrative contents, which is a fact that produces significant questions about the meanings to attribute and the new forms to investigate for students orientation and for new educational and tutorial patterns.
Beyond the more immediate level it’s only the careful research of interpretations that can provide new elements to reconsider and enrich training practices of new meanings.

From the point of view of the authors it has nothing to do with the reaching of a final destination but it is a real training trip in progress, a glance at the past and a glance at the trainers experience that announce new undertakings and opens new perspectives for the future.
Where to find it: On request available in Pdf from the supervisor Lorenza Garrino Mail: lorenza.

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