Using Narrative to Build Community and Create Knowledge in the Interdisciplinary Classroom
Keywords:Narratology, HIC, 2003
This paper tells two stories about interdisciplinarity: one is a practical story about interdisciplinary teaching in an acoustics course for students from both music and engineering; the other is a theoretical story about how Walter Fisher's ideas about narrative can be combined with principles of participative inquiry to provide a conceptual framework for the interdisciplinary classroom. We call on Fisher's idea that all forms of human communication are narrative at heart to advocate the use of storytelling in the classroom. The use of narrative makes it possible to initiate students from different disciplines into abstract knowledge in a field of study, create a classroom community that encourages the participation of all students, and produce new interdisciplinary knowledge that is unique to the members of that class.