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Lessons Learned from Others’ Stories: How Changemakers’ Stories Changed UsWhat happens when your research changes you? In the Fall of 2011, we came together toanalyze eight transcripts from interviews with Changemakers, prominent change agents whohave exemplar records in enabling socially beneficial change in STEM education. Each of ushad our own reasons for participating in the project; for some it was an opportunity to learn howto conduct qualitative research, for others the topic itself was compelling. Through iterativelyreading and discussing these transcripts, we have been learning about these Changemakers’backgrounds, motivations and inspirations, how they see themselves as change agents, and howthey approach change. Emerging from this process is a view of how these themes connect aspart of a bigger picture illustrating the relationships between personal stories – such astransformative moments that shaped a change intention – and personal theories about howchange happens.Through this collaborative experience of making sense of the experiences of theseChangemakers, we ourselves have changed. Discussions about the ways Changemakers talkabout change and how their personal stories are embodied in these views have brought our ownviews about change to the forefront and have opened us up to new ways of thinking about howchange occurs. The lessons these Changemakers have learned and their sometimes unexpectedlanguage for talking about change have affected our personal relationships to our own researchby pushing us to make sense of our own research interests.In this paper we share the rarely told stories about how research can assist researchers in thinkingthrough who we are and what we care about, and why what we do offers insight into how we canbetter understand our research and explore ideas from multiple frameworks to enrich discovery.We also draw upon a learning partnership framework to build connections between ourexperiences and models of transformative learning.
Mondisa, J., & Siddiqui, J. A., & Chua, M., & Vanasupa, L., & Herter, R. J., & Adams, R. (2013, June), Lessons Learned from Others’ Stories: How Changemakers’ Stories Changed Us Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19877
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