Using narrative inquiry as a methodological basis, this study explores the co-construction process in professional identity formation for youth services practitioners. This investigation contributes to the articulation of what it means to become a professional and the role of higher education in facilitating this process. The research aims are furthered through repeated, extended (60-90 minutes), in-depth, discursive interviews, emails, and developed narratives with six professionally qualified practitioners. Although the participants are not representative of the whole range of youth services practitioners, they do give a spread of experiences and roles, whilst allowing the research to capture the richness of each of the individual practitioner’s experience and the affordances of their developing “narrative capital.” A particular feature of this study is this richness of experiences and the multi-layered nature of the participants’ individually constructed, professional identities. Rather than identifying themselves as belonging to a community of practitioners, with commonly held norms, knowledge, and practices, greater emphasis is placed on a more individual, personal-professional selfhood. In particular, the value placed on critical practice underpinned by a commitment to "right action" and social good is a central emerging theme, as are the affordances of personalised narrative capital.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
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- Narrative Capital
- Professional Identity