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ERIC Number: ED564734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 209
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3036-3491-8
Discovering Narrative Transportation in an Education Environment
Miner, Eric F.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Narrative transportation occurs when people become emotionally immersed in stories, such that they feel imaginatively conveyed into story worlds. This study investigated the lived experiences of students who encountered narrative transportation in a college classroom. It is of interest to psychologists and educational practitioners because narrative transportation lowers barriers to learning and provokes profound cognitive engagement. Although narrative transportation is nearly universal among humans, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries, few psychological studies have investigated its effect in formal education settings. Through observations and in-depth interviews, this study gathered qualitative data about the narrative transportation experiences of 13 students in a college classroom. The resulting data were analyzed using a constructivist grounded theory methodology that produced a theory rooted in the descriptions of the participants. It was found that students constructed creative images while listening to narratives and that they formed emotional attachments to characters described by those narratives. In addition, the study found that students gained insights into course concepts through a repetitive deduction process stimulated by narrative transportation, and that they actively regulated their own levels of engagement with the narratives. These findings both validated and added to earlier narrative transportation research. Narrative transportation was found to stimulate students' engagement with course materials and instructors, and to offer promise as a subject of inquiry for educational psychologists. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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