Storytelling and Progressive Action: A Model of Engaged Scholarship

Lynn M. Harter, Stephanie M. Pangborn, Margaret M. Quinlan, Taylor Walker, Courtney Hook

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This chapter introduces a model of engaged scholarship inspired by narrative theory and practice. It offers a layered account of how to enact the model in diverse contexts. Layered accounts by design juxtapose analytic writing with first-person narrative accounts and creative expressions of experience. The chapter focuses on multiyear projects with Turn it Gold and Passion Works, both of which resulted in nationally syndicated documentaries distributed to Public Broadcasting Service affiliates across the United States and on Amazon, digitally available podcasts, and academic journal articles. It explores the key features and functions of storytelling. The chapter presents a case for interweaving teaching, research and creative activity, and service in engaged scholarship. It also explores how narrative theory and practice can inform the inquiry process, including partnership development, problem definition, inquiry practices, representational forms, and interventions. Narrative theory is concerned with the meanings and significance humans assign to life experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Applied Communication Research
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Volume 2
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781119399926
ISBN (Print)9781119399858
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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