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Abstract Title: Purpose, Preparation, and Power of Narratives*
Abstract: How can one convey to interested teachers and researchers nuances in the ways in which an instructor teaches? in the ways students learn within that instructional context?  in the details of that student learning?  What aspects of these issues, motivated by the need to communicate a culture of teaching and learning, contribute to a culture of research? One communicative approach involves the use of narratives, by which we mean documents that tell the stories of interesting incidents that occurred during class.  A narrative presents what the students and instructor said and did, with commentary based upon insights articulated by the instructor and perhaps colleagues while watching a video or listening to an audio recording of the interaction (see example narratives from the Paradigms Program at http://physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/start). We discuss the purpose, preparation, and power of such narratives.

*Supported by NSF DUE0618877 and DUE1023120.
Abstract Type: Roundtable Discussion

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Emily H. van Zee
Department of Physics, Oregon State University
3324 NW Elmwood Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541 740 5726
Fax: 541 737-1683
and Co-Presenter(s)
Corinne Manogue, David Roundy, Mary Bridget Kustusch, and Novela Auparay
Department of Physics, Oregon State University