Narrative Inquiry as Pedagogy in a Blended Learning Environment

By Esther Yim-mei Chan and Sharon Sui-ngan Ng.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study examines how the use of narrative inquiry can serve as a pedagogical strategy in a blended learning environment, which gives insight into how teacher knowledge can be constructed. Blended learning is a potentially useful approach to promote collaborative and cooperative learning. It provides opportunities for students to exchange ideas and construct their own knowledge through asynchronous learning tasks. The challenge that tutors commonly encounter is how to motivate students to respond online and to be actively engaged in the learning tasks. In this article, we provide examples of learning activities and describe the critical role that students’ narratives play in a blended learning environment. Through a qualitative analysis of the students’ narratives of experiences, several themes are generated that inform us on the outcome of narrative inquiry in a blended learning environment.

Keywords: Narrative, Blended Learning, Knowledge Construction

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp.145-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 770.922KB).

Dr. Esther Yim-mei Chan

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, The Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Dr. Esther Y. M. Chan is an assistant professor of the Department of Early Childhood Education in the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her research interests include teacher knowledge, professional knowledge contexts, narrative inquiry, and blended learning.

Dr. Sharon Sui-ngan Ng

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Dr. Sharon S. N. Ng is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education in the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her research interests include early childhood curriculum, mathematics teaching and learning, teaching and learning, and blended learning.

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