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Stories of Policing: The Role of Storytelling in Police Students’ Sensemaking of Early Work-Based Experiences
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868, Vol. Published online: 07 July 2017, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Storytelling has been shown to play a key role in transferring work experience from more experienced towards novices in a number of vocational educational practices, however previous studies have not to the same extent dealt with the role of students’ own storytelling practices for sensemaking of work experience. This study set out to examine police students’ storytelling of their first occupational experiences from a sensemaking perspective, with an analysis drawing on the concepts of enactment, selection, and retention. The study is based on participant observations of field training follow up sessions’ in the context of police education. Findings indicated that student storytelling of work experience tended to be geared towards action, extremeness and the telling of ‘war stories’. Furthermore, these type of stories functioned to enable student identification, self-enhancement and emotion management. These findings contribute to our current understanding of how students engage in sensemaking of work-based experiences and in extension how knowledge integration and learning from work placements can be structured pedagogically.

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Springer, 2017. Vol. Published online: 07 July 2017, 1-17 p.
Keyword [en]
Storytelling; Policing; Sensemaking; Knowledge integration
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-139514DOI: 10.1007/s12186-017-9184-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-139514DiVA: diva2:1141626
Available from: 2017-09-15 Created: 2017-09-15 Last updated: 2017-09-15

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