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Title: Learning With Stories: Characteristics and Learning Outcomes in Narrative-Centered Science Learning Environments
Authors: Wang, Tianshu
Uttamchandani, Suraj
Zou, Xiaotian
Hmelo-Silver, Cindy E.
Rowe, Jonathan
Lester, James C.
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Wang, T., Uttamchandani, S., Zou, X., Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Rowe, J., & Lester, J. C. (2023). Learning with stories: Characteristics and learning outcomes in narrative-centered science learning environments. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 1202-1205). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In K-12 science education research and design, narratives are commonly employed to contextualize content and foster engagement. This literature review analyzes 104 empirical studies, identifying three primary narrative types: authentic, realistic fiction, and science fiction/fantasy. Students are often positioned as problem investigators or professionals in story plots. The narrative types are correlated with nine science learning outcomes, revealing their use and student positioning in K-12 science learning environments. Future research will focus on evaluating the effectiveness of narratives in enhancing science learning and exploring supporting technologies and mediation.
Description: Short Paper
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