New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education volume 2004, issue 102, P95-103 2004 DOI: 10.1002/ace.142 View full text
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Valerie-Lee Chapman

Abstract: The stories we tell about ourselves and our teaching reveal how language, power, knowledge, and customary instructional practices work together to construct appropriate identities and behaviors in both learners and teachers.Making up stories, telling little fibs or big lies-when I was growing up, these were all transgressions of the most serious nature. My parents were of the generation that believed physical punishment was necessary, and telling stories usually earned me a good whacking. Funnily enough, the …

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