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The Emotive Effect of Narrative Approach

Yan Wu

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Though the suggestion to adopt narrative in academic instruction is not unusual, the task is in many ways a tremendous one if we think about transferring the vast quantity of hard scientific facts back into containing components that are similar to narrative mimesis, not to mention how to imbue them with emotions, aesthetic, as well as moral values. Also, does this transformation make the hard-earned scientific conclusions become less credible? How much narrating versus theorizing is proper? How much showing versus telling is beneficial? How much narratorial perspective versus straightforward reporting is efficient? Which genre of narration is more advantageous than the other? In order to answer these questions, it becomes necessary for us to investigate the primary functions of narrative approach and from within to find a set of narrative constructs that summarize the types of support that we would like to provide in online instruction. The article identifies the emotive effect of narrative as its function of carrying emotions, motivations, and inner thoughts that could support online instruction. The article then presents an experiment in actual teaching verifying this function.

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