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Science as Story-Telling
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Science as a Common Human Story of Exploration, Discovery, and Creation
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Finding Ways to Make it So

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The Challenge:

To move toward science seen as ...

  • Primarily process rather than content knowledge
    • Rigor without oppressiveness
    • Concreteness without lifelessness
    • Playfulness without meaninglessness
  • Something that everyone can draw from and be empowered by
  • Something to which everyone can contribute
  • Engaged with rather than isolated from other spheres of human activity

Theory

Materials on Serendip

Revisiting Science in Culture: Science as Story Telling and Story Revision

See Science as Story Telling and Story Revision: A Conversation for an on-line discussion forum and additional essays, including

Science as Storytelling, by Barry Bickmore and David Grandy

Science as StoryTelling or Story Telling? A Conversation About Science Education ... and Science

Science IS Story: An Exchange Involving a Social Scientist, A Humanist, and a Scientist

Storytelling: Scientist's Perspective, John Seeley Brown, 2001

Education and Technology: Serendip's Experiences 1994-2004

The Two Cultures: A Conversation

With Friends Like These ... , by David Burns, 2005

This Isn't Just MY Problem, Friend: Some Thoughts on Science Education, Education, American Culture, and What to Do About It, by Paul Grobstein, 1991

Getting It Less Wrong: Some Thoughts on Introductory Science Teaching ..., by Paul Grobstein, 1993

Nurturing the Scientific Mind in School: Transdisciplinary Experiences 'Avant La Date', by Jan Visser, 2005

Abandoning the "War" Between Science and the Humanities: One Student's Experiences, Sarah Halter, 2006

Science as Getting It Less Wrong: Perspectives of High School Students, 2006

Materials elsewhere on the web

Storied Theory, by Roald Hoffman, 2005

Life and/or the Bigger Picture, a student forum conversation in Biology 103, 2005

Biology 202 Evolving: Notes for a Case Study of Teaching and Learning at Bryn Mawr, 2005

Organizational Storytelling, Steve Denning

"Ever since Darwin, we live in a world of stories", Jonathan Weiner, Scientific American, 20 Feb 2006

A Continuation of Paul Grobstein's Theory of Science as Story Telling and Story Revising: A Discussion of its Relevance to History, Toni Weller, 2006

Teaching Science as a Rich Narrative, Ursula Goodenough and William Grassie, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2 June 2006

"If you want to look at science as a story, its the cosmology of our present day ... The universe is made of stories", Kurt Brown, poet, 2005

The Efficacy of Story Telling

The Power of Social Psychological Interventions

Exposure to Scientific Theories Affects Women's Math Performance

Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

  Granny nodded.

"There's always a story," she said. "It's all stories really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything's got a story in it. Change the story, change the world."



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