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Volume 131, 20228th International Multidisciplinary Research Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE
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|Published online||11 January 2022|
The importance of narrative learning and reflexivity at work with foreigners granted asylum and the context of a non-governmental organization
Mykolas Romeris University, Educational Science and Social Work Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania
This paper discusses the importance of narrative learning and reflexivity at work with foreigners granted asylum. The discussed data is from 1 year duration fieldwork at NGO working with refugees in Lithuania. In this paper the examples from 4 narrative portraits of NGO workers are presented. It is argued that narrative learning is an interactive and co-constructed process and there is the need of awareness about the narratives and narrative learning, and how storytelling could be used for effective social work practice. The paper discusses the doctoral research data and explores the links between narrative learning and reflexivity. It is argued that reflecting about their practice critically, the workers can create new narrative identities and better understand and analyse their own identities, values, choices, practices and wider local and international contexts. Therefore, it is important to increase reflexivity and awareness of workers about various contextual factors and discourses, which might be influencing their narratives about their work and refugees, and further research on narrative learning and narratives of NGO workers.
Key words: narrative learning / asylum / nongovernmental organization
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