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ERIC Number: EJ787348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
Reflections on Using Stories
Wilson, David
High School Journal, v84 n3 p39-42 Feb-Mar 2001
Stories are seductive, persuasive, permeable. They pull one toward them and they may even take over. From the tapes and transcripts of interviews, from the pages of journals and student writing, certain stories called out to this author and his colleagues. The narratives they include in their work are not innocently or objectively chosen stories; they are stories that they found illuminating and emblematic of the issues that teachers confront in their learning and development. They were stories that moved them and that they found compelling because they resonated with their own understandings of learning and teaching. In some cases, they realize that these are the stories in which they feel deeply and personally implicated, stories that may have explained something to them about their own experiences as people and as teachers. For the author, there is never one true story, one true or neutral perspective on experience. He and his colleagues have shaped these stories from the initial utterance when they first devised the questions for interviews, influenced them by the pose they struck as interviewers, by the relationships they developed with students during interviews, and later by their work with them as colleagues. The stories they select and "collect" as teachers and as researchers do not simply remain as abstractions or "tools" for them to "use" to inform their work or to get them tenured or promoted. They need to acknowledge their own implication, attraction, and connection to these stories. They need to ask these and perhaps other difficult questions about their responsibilities to those whose stories they prompt and collect.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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