Telling stories: extending informed learning with narrative theory

Wong, Yen B., Bruce, Christine Susan, and Maybee, Clarence (2019) Telling stories: extending informed learning with narrative theory. Information Research, 24 (3).

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Introduction. Learning design in the information profession may open new opportunities by addressing learners as whole persons with a historical past, a current situation, and future aspiration, with their own beliefs and values. These are, according to Paul Ricoeur, stories.

Method. This conceptual paper explores the ideas of Ricoeur's hermeneutic phenomenology of narrative (a theoretical description), and Bruce's phenomenography of informed learning (a model of information literacy experience) as perspectives of meaning making. It suggests the use of narrative awareness as an enabler of informed learning.

Analysis. This paper provides insights into the information learning experience by considering Bruce's seven faces of informed learning as aspects of the creative process of narrative that Ricoeur refers to as a mimesis. The paper highlights the holistic and creative process of narrative structure in enabling learners to orient themselves as information users.

Conclusions. Understanding informed learning as a narrative construct offers an account of learners' experiences as a process of meaning making and narrative making in the formation of an unfolding identity through time. With this understanding, information professionals may be encouraged to incorporate narrative as a strategy for supporting learners navigate information spaces.

Item ID: 60590
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1368-1613
Keywords: learning design, informed learning, narrative theory, information literacy, literacy
Copyright Information: © the authors, 2019.
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 21:37
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461099 Library and information studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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