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ERIC Number: EJ866500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
The Role of Narrative in Communicating Science
Avraamidou, Lucy; Osborne, Jonathan
International Journal of Science Education, v31 n12 p1683-1707 Aug 2009
The present theoretical paper presents a case for the use of narrative (i.e., fictional written text) in science education as a way of making science meaningful, relevant, and accessible to the public. Grounded in literature pointing to the value of narrative in supporting learning and the need to explore new modes of communicating science, this paper explores the potential of narrative in science education. More specifically, in this paper we explore the question: "What is narrative and why might it be of value to science education?" In answering this question we propose a view of narrative and its necessary components, which permits narrative a role in science education, and is, in fact, the main contribution of this paper. Also, a range of examples of narrative text are offered in the paper to make the case for a representation of fictional narrative in science. In order to address questions connected with the use of narrative in science education, a research agenda based on perspectives of narrative implications for learning is framed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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