Interpreting Lived Experience through Writing Online in a Graduate Seminar

Mary Clare Courtland, John Novak, Gail LaFleur, Ken McClelland, Steve R. Sider, Joan Shaw

Abstract


Participants in an online doctoral seminar participated in the use of a writing strategy to explore the sociocultural contexts of their lived experience. Creating literary texts in three forms was an effective strategy in mediating participants' understanding. Each form provided a new lens through which to interpret experience. Participants functioned as an interpretive community. The final papers, autobiographical narratives, illuminated the complex relations among prediscursive experience, reflection on experience, distancing, and the iterative transformational quality of time. The online format embodied a virtual interpretive location which allowed participants to revisit texts and postings over time.

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