Narratives of Memories As a Way of Changing Children's Future
Historians use images as documents that help construct memory as a basis for future perspectives on the past. This operation requires distance from the past; the images are stored and used as a repertoire to create “history”, i.e. to fix the memory of the past. In our project, the use of images of the children’s past had a different meaning. First, memory was an interactional construction in classrooms. Second, interactions among children reduced time distance, deconstructing memory and creating new narratives, rather than a repertoire of fixed memories. Third, this interactional construction of narratives of memories enhanced a future of knowledge and dialogue; in particular, these narratives changed the ways of giving meaning to children’s relationships. Memories were used as a source of surprise and innovation, therefore they were used to change the future of children through communication processes.