Storytelling and everyday engineering practices

DOT Study 2

DOT Storytellers at a table

Research Focus

This study  looked at the storytelling choices parents and educators use to communicate to other parents and educators that the DOT practices in the exhibit are usefully relevant to engineering practices in families’ everyday lives and their community goals.

This study centered the voices of parents and guardians (caregivers) by having parents in roles to generate stories, respond to stories, and revise stories. Building on theories of relevance in education and the theory-based C-PIECE framework, caregivers helped  develop a conjecture visualization and an evidence-based, contextual model of the types of strategies that might inform stories about the DOT exhibit’s connections to families’ everyday engineering practices.