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ERIC Number: ED454213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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The Story behind the Story.
Norum, Karen E.
This paper discusses one author's decision to write a fictive story about her experiences as a beginning professor. It highlights her obligations to: a poster presentation on an arts-based approach to research; the audience who would attend the poster presentation and read the text; others who might appear in the text; and herself. Overall, her obligations shaped her decision. Obligations to the conference influenced her to write about something out of her own experience, using an arts-based approach. Her obligation to show, rather than tell, the audience what education was to her encouraged her to try fictionalizing her experiences. Obligations to others in the story caused her to seek the guidance of others, with people from outside and within the university reading and commenting on the manuscript. Obligations to herself drove her to forge ahead in this endeavor. She believes that sorting out these obligations helped her grow as a researcher. Fiction allowed her to write about heroes and villains, evoking rather than describing her experiences. It allowed her to write a story that would affect readers at an immediate, emotional level while she made meaning out of her relationship to the culture of higher education. (Contains 36 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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