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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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Chapter One: Introduction: Deep Learning and Generative Research Through Story

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The place is Alma Rosa Winery in California. Amidst rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, forests, and black-and-white cows grazing, there is room for a few humans in the rustic tasting room. As we enter, we hear the host explain the write-ups of the wines on the menu: “We have shifted our tasting notes to telling stories instead of telling what you need to look for.”

We read on these tasting notes,

Story for 2012 Pinot Noir—La Encantada Vineyard

“Swan Lake” ballet transposed into wine: the beauty and the balance, the drama and the darkness…graceful and elegant, seductive and beguiling with a sense of tension beneath the surface. Our future is what but unknown, leaving us only the moment, this moment, time to pour another glass and release our imaginations to soar in the winged embrace of the Black Swan.

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