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ERIC Number: ED440619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 19
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Affecting Socially Constructed Beliefs through Narrative Simulation.
McCrary, Nancye
This project explores the use of narrative to mediate the delivery of information on the effects of harmful discrimination in a simulated environment that is intended to arouse empathy and inspire reflection. It focuses on the potential of instructional narrative simulation to change biased beliefs about homosexuality. "This just is!" Jeff's Story is an instructional development project that utilizes narrative simulation as a strategy for affective learning. It focuses on enhancing empathetic abilities, stimulating self-reflection, fueling group discussion, and offering opportunity for reconstruction of storied biases. Initially developed as a paper and pencil exercise, it has been evaluated through expert review and user testing, and is currently being developed into an interactive multimedia program. Jeff's Story has been field tested with a variety of users in both the original pencil and paper format and as an interactive multimedia program. Overall user feedback indicated that the experience stimulated continued thinking and discussion. Since reflection is a necessary activity for reconstructing biased beliefs, such feedback offers hope that this instruction experience, at least, can create the possibility of changing biased beliefs over time. Appendices present an image of the opening splash screen from the interactive multimedia program and a sample Internet resource link screen. (Contains 41 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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