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