A Path to Our Future: Artful Thinking, Learning, Teaching, and Research
Epilogue: Taking Agency and Paying Attention
In this research and in this book, we think about the experience of each generative story site within the context and framework of story.
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 ← 159 | 160 → 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 result of the research about learning. Learning effectively is the interrelationship of life and teaching in a continuum looping around in various intersections. And as in the Lorenz butterfly, the system (the data) never exactly repeats itself; the trajectory never intersects itself (Gleick, 1987). Instead it loops around and around forever and illustrates information we can learn from our informants’ lives. The three fixed points for us here are the theoretical perspectives relating to critical theory, narrative theory, and the intersection of the two, through which we view the data. The system that changes is the interaction of the themes in the sites for story, changing constantly according to the individuals and the contexts. In other words, theory changes in light of different participants and contexts. It is our experience that learners of all ages, when given the opportunity, take agency,...
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