June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
We live in a social and organizational infrastructure made up of stories. These stories can be handed down from generations past, created spontaneously by events, and fashioned in our own heads. Regardless of their origin, stories illustrate meaning in our organizations and interactions. Learning to read the stories around us helps us to uncover the underlying beliefs and assumptions holding back the positive organizational change needed to implement and sustain innovations in engineering education. Anyone who has ever been held back from making or sustaining an engineering education innovation because ‘we’ve never done it that way before’ or ‘it will never get ABET accredited’ or another narrative has experienced stories used to block progress. This paper builds on The Power of Story, where readers learned to identify stories in their organizations through the use of interview data from our research study of engineering education innovation origin stories.
Channeling the Power of Story moves the reader from finding the key stories to using those narratives to make organizational and personal change. The recommendations are distilled from our research study and grounded in the work of others. Core recommendations are to Re-frame, Change the anchor, Social influence / social normative, and Co-opt the disbeliever.
Karlin, J., & Bates, R. A., & Allendoerfer, C., & Ewert, D. (2019, June), Building Your Change Agent Tool-Kit: Channeling the Power of Story Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32488
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