Personal narratives as a way to understand the worlds of college lecturers
Personal narratives about the workplace were collected from 28 lecturers at a teacher education college in order to study their personal and professional worlds.
The topic, characters and workplace terminology of the narratives were examined. Additionally, they were analyzed using LEVI-STRAUSS’ structural approach, GERGEN and GERGEN’s evaluative model, and ARISTOTLE’s aesthetic approach of the dramatic plot.
The analyses reveal that the lecturers have no unified terminology or conception regarding their place and role. Issues of identity are revealed in the narrators’ overt and tacit attempts to gain acceptance in the college and to have input in what goes on there. We thus infer that the lecturers are occupied with questions of belonging and control. Since many of the lecturers are part-time employees, they have few interactions in the college and this may have resulted in their lack of full participation at the college.