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Re: [xmca] Folk Psychology from a narrative perspective
Wow--I have to get that book! Thanks, Larry.
The way I understand David Kirshner's work is this: there is really only ONE of the three meta-discourses in education that is narrative, at least narrative in the sense of oriented towards the action of a hero in a problem space who evaluates and achieves some kind of resolution.
That's his THIRD meta-discourse, the one which sees education as a process of becoming a participant, a member, a practioner and as mastering a particular set of discourses that accompany membership.
It seems to me that his first meta-discourse, which sees education as a process of mastering skills, is not narrativist, because it focuses on problem solutions and pretty much ignores the hero and the evaluation of the problem space.
His second meta-discourse, which sees education as a process of acquiring conceptual knowledge, is not narrativist either, because it sees this knowledge as being not embodied in a particular hero and because it sees the knowledge as being quite separable from the solution of problems.
I don't think this means that DHK would consider the third meta-discourse the most complete. I think it's only the most complete if we view it from a narrativist point of view, and that is no coincidence, since it co-evolved with a lot of Bruner's work.
I have a question about the difference between narrative and history (as in "cultural historical"). It seems to me that everything we say about narrative (its structure, it's "I-ness" and even its past-to-present orientation) is radically UNTRUE of history (because history is not structured around heroes in problem spaces, it is not "I" shaped, and it is oriented present-to-past). Why, then, do people of our peculiar historical epoch treat the two as synonymous?
Seoul National University of Education
--- On Wed, 1/26/11, Larry Purss <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Larry Purss <email@example.com>
Subject: [xmca] Folk Psychology from a narrative perspective
To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 2:38 PM
I have attached a book review for others interested in a perspective on folk
psychology that assumes a perspective inspired by Jerome Bruner's work on
narrative practices, Hutto is positing a 2nd person dialogical grounding
for understanding "reasons for actions" He suggests this mode of
understanding is most pronounced when actions are unpredictable. Hutto
suggests there are other more direct embodied forms of recognition and
engagement that are not narrative based.
I see some affinity in this perspective to David Kirschner's approach to
learning theory as narrative based genres.
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