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“I told you this last time, right?”: Re-visiting narratives of STEM education

Dziallas, Sebastian, Fincher, Sally (2018) “I told you this last time, right?”: Re-visiting narratives of STEM education. In: ICER'18. 2018 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research. . pp. 223-231. ACM Digital Library, Espoo, Finland ISBN 978-1-4503-5628-2. (doi:10.1145/3230977.3230989)

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The stories we tell ourselves and others – both as individuals

and as a community – reflect how we make sense of our lives.

Our work using narrative methods has explored how university

graduates make sense of their learning experiences and how

these fit within their wider learning trajectories. In this paper,

we discuss work we conducted with a group of a dozen students

who, when first interviewed, were in the second half of their

undergraduate education at Olin College of Engineering. All

twelve participants were re-interviewed four years later, after

they had graduated, using the same narrative protocol that asked

them to describe their learning ‘life’ as if it was a book, and to

identify and describe individual chapters of their experience.

The pairs of interviews were analysed with respect to their form

and their content. In regard to form, a classification of these

repeated stories is derived. Thematic analysis of the content

examines a) how students come to study and practice computing

and b) the continuing, and changing influence of a university

education over time, as students construct an individual sense of


Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3230977.3230989
Uncontrolled keywords: narrative methods, qualitative research, longitudinal work
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Sally Fincher
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 06:25 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:43 UTC
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