This article employs narrative methodologies to present the stories of three asylum seekers enrolled in two adult learning centres in the Lombardy region of Italy. The author draws on Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition to provide an understanding of how these adult learners’ experiences might impact their self-identity. Based on the narratives the participants provided in the course of interviews the author conducted with them, this article highlights some shortcomings in the learning provision for asylum seekers in Italy. Using interpretative analysis, the participants’ experiences are discussed under three categories: (1) valorisation of certificates; (2) appropriateness of teaching methods; and (3) recognition of prior learning. The author concludes that greater efforts should be put into recognising the asylum seekers’ previous experiences, and training adult educators who work with asylum seekers in adult learning principles. (English) [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

DOI: 10.1007/s11159-023-10012-2
ISSN: 00208566