Experienced and Recalled Transition: Starting School as Part of Life History

  • Tuija Turunen
Part of the International perspectives on early childhood education and development book series (CHILD, volume 9)


This chapter considers memories about starting school as part of a person’s autobiographical narrative. The stories reported here are extracts from narrative interviews in Finland and Australia and are used to highlight the implications of life course theory and ecological models. The results indicate that memories about starting school play an important role in a person’s autobiographical narrative. Starting school happens in different contexts which are intertwined in memories. They also contain different kinds of autobiographical knowledge and self-defining memories which can be referred as turning points in one’s life course. This study approach draws attention to a wide landscape of starting school within multiple contexts and an elastic sense of time. It can help educators and parents to become more aware of the impact of their own memories when they work with children in transition to school. It also highlights the importance of starting school in one’s life course with long-lasting recollections.


Autobiographical Memory Sociocultural Context Transition Capital Autobiographical Narrative Lifetime Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Charles Sturt UniversityAlbury WodongaAustralia
  2. 2.University of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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