Using narratives to support empathy and engineering: A guide for museum practitioners

Date: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Resource Type:
Research Case Study | Research Products | Reference Materials | Report | Observation Protocol
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Families | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Engineering
Access and Inclusion: 
Women and Girls
Organization:
New York Hall of Science
Description: 

This practitioner guide summarizes lessons learned from a three-year design-based research project focused on using elements of narrative (such as characters, settings, and problem frames) to evoke empathy and support girls' engagement in engineering design practices. The guide includes a summary of the driving concepts and key research findings from this work, as well as design principles for creating narrative-based engineering activities. Six activity case studies illustrate the design principles in action, and facilitation tips and observation tools offer practical guidance in developing, implementing, and adjusting activities to meet the needs of different audiences and settings.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1712803
Funding Amount: 
1,341,588.00

Team Members

Dorothy BennettDorothy BennettPrincipal Investigator
Susan LetourneauSusan LetourneauCo-Principal Investigator
Katherine McMillan CulpKatherine McMillan CulpCo-Principal Investigator

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