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A Path to Our Future: Artful Thinking, Learning, Teaching, and Research


Elizabeth P. Quintero and Mary Kay Rummel

This is a book about story, the human experience, teaching and learning, creativity and community. Story is so much more than decoding text and writing using academic language. It also includes literature and all forms of the arts; digital forms of story, from social media to documentation of history; and new forms of multilayered, multigenre research. Story is the backbone and the catalyst for personal connections, appropriation of knowledge, and synergy of knowledge for global citizens. Critical qualitative research is the methodology by which to document and analyze what is really going on in the complex, multidirectional interactions. The authors maintain that story in a broad and newly enlightened sense may help us to break out from the narrow concepts of literacy, content knowledge related to measureable standards, and random facts that are unrelated to dispositions for addressing human needs. Literacy as a conceptual synthesis of knowledge, skills, and dispositions has been giving us glimpses of synergistic ways to approach learning and teaching.


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Epilogue: Taking Agency and Paying Attention (Elizabeth P. Quintero and Mary Kay Rummel)


Epilogue Taking Agency and Paying Attention elIzabeth p. quIntero and mary kay rummel In this research and in this book, we think about the experience of each generative story site within the context and framework of story. • Characters are the people using and creating story with a burning passion: What do we learn from the people involved at this site? What makes them change and grow? • Settings are sites where stories are made: What is the relationship of the real-world setting to the people acting in it? How does place affect what happens? • Conflicts are the obstacles to the creation of community and to learning: What are the conflicts generated in these site-based stories? How are they analyzed, reacted to, resolved? Are they resolved? • Endings are new beginnings: resolutions that are not endings but move- ments to the next story and after that. • In addition, the interaction of the different elements in each site led us to look at our research through different lenses. The grounding of this research is combinations, or reconceptualizations, of postmodern and narrative theoretical influences. This perspective is supported by data that show that effective learning is a continuum, always in flux. We looked to the dynamic idea of the bricolage (Kincheloe, McLaren, & Steinberg, 2012) as an 160 | elIzabe th p. quIntero and mary k ay rummel inspirational frame for looking at story and supporting research that involves story on multiple levels. The findings of this research show that there is never one finding as a...

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