Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Narrative in the Classroom

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 29th, 2015



The psychologist Jerome Bruner posited that there are two modes of thought. The first -- “paradigmatic” -- is the mode of science, of logically describing and explaining the world. It categorizes and conceptualizes, arranges in systems, and tests for empirical truth. It is fundamentally concerned with verifiability, with establishing the way things are.
The second is the “narrative” mode. By contrast, it makes sense of the world through stories, through the pursuit of meaning and the particular experience of human existence lived over time. It is concerned not with verifiability, but with verisimilitude; not with being right, but with feeling right.
A paradigmatic explanation proves; a narrative explanation illustrates.

The psychologist Jerome Bruner posited that there are two modes of thought. The first -- “paradigmatic” -- is the mode of science, of logically describing and explaining the world. It categorizes and conceptualizes, arranges in systems, and tests for empirical truth. It is fundamentally concerned with verifiability, with establishing the way things are.
The second is the “narrative” mode. By contrast, it makes sense of the world through stories, through the pursuit of meaning and the particular experience of human existence lived over time. It is concerned not with verifiability, but with verisimilitude; not with being right, but with feeling right.
A paradigmatic explanation proves; a narrative explanation illustrates.
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