Highlighting the students knowledge and skills

David Thore Gravesen holder foredrag. Foto.

David Thore Gravesen had a very exiting paper presentation at NERA 2018, 8 march, in Oslo about Marginalisation and Co-created Education – highlighting the quality and relevance of student ́s knowledge and skills.


MaCE is a comparative study aimed at preventing dropout in Higher Education. Several in the audience made inquiries about the indirect method used both in the original Norwegian project UNGSA and the international MaCE project that is being developed following the original. A specific interviewing technique based on storytelling and dialogue about how to discover context when studying marginal youth is central to what the indirect approach is about. The discovery procedure is focusing on finding what has been named «happenstances». The happenstance is a term for those moments that allow the researcher to temporarily bridge into the meanings of his or her informant (Moshuus & Eide, 2016). Moshuus & Eide introduced happenstances with a reference to Bourgois’s work (Bourgois, 1995) and  the challenge of marginality on the research process itself. Happenstance allows us to guess at context knowledge from a different angle compared to what we normally would do. It allows us to catch a glimpse of our informant’s interpretative work (Moshuus & Eide, 2016).