THE SPIRIT OF WONDER

Community connections through storytelling; sharing of self-reflection, and personal narrative.

 

Email: drsls@bu.edu ​​

 

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Our Research

A letter from the Principal Investigator 

 

My name is Dr. Stacy Scott, and I’d like to welcome you to The Spirit of Wonder project, an idea which has been formulating in my mind for several years. This project is informed by my travels, consulting work, and background in education and psychology.  I hope this project brings us together across borders and cultures everywhere.

 

I have had an extensive career in education beginning as a teacher at the middle school level and director of diversity programs for 15 years; as a psychologist, training, coaching and consulting to schools and their leadership for 21 years; and, finally as a superintendent and associate superintendent of schools for nine years. My first book and signature workshop named Making Equity Work was the focus of my work for many years. I have focused on bringing concerns of equity in education to light for the past 30 years.

 

Having worked with diverse communities internationally, this project also emerges from my belief in the power of people and my desire to bring this power to light. This is my wish for The Spirit of Wonder project.  Join me in this effort.

 

I look forward to a fruitful collaboration!

Dr. Stacy Scott

 

 

Library of Resources

Below is a list of resources which you can review to get you situated in our work of self-authorship and adult development, qualitative research, and storytelling. The Spirit of Wonder project is inspired by these works and seeks to contribute to these fields of research. 

 

Self-Authorship and Adult Development 

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Self Authorship is about defining and reshaping (authoring) what you believe (epistemology), your sense of self (intrapersonal), and your relationships with others (interpersonal), rather than uncritically accepting them from other people.

All three dimensions are critical for the construction of a self-authored system.

  • How/what do I know? (Beliefs) — Generating and coordinating one’s own beliefs, values and internal loyalties, rather than depending on external influences for shaping one’s thoughts.

  • Who am I? (Intrapersonal) — Being concerned with personal integrity - aligning actions with values.

  • How do I want to construct relationships with others? (Interpersonal) — Thinking about feelings and relationships instead of being subject to them.

The key is to view your ‘self’ as object — i.e. something that can be evaluated, analyzed and understood.  (Natali Morad)

 

Conducting Qualitative Research 

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There is no one qualitative method, but rather a number of research approaches which fall under the umbrella of ‘qualitative methods’. The various social science disciplines tend to have different conventions on best practice in qualitative research. However SS&M has prepared the following general guidance for the writing and assessment of papers which present qualitative data (either alone or in combination with quantitative methods). General principles of good practice for all research will also apply. (Guidelines for Qualitative Papers)

 

Guidelines for qualitative research papers can be found here:

 

 

Guidelines for conducting a literature review can be found here:

 

Storytelling

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Storytelling is powerful for a wide variety of reasons. We are social creatures who regularly affiliate with strangers, stories are an effective way to transmit important information and values from one individual or community to the next. Stories that are personal and emotionally compelling engage more of the brain, and thus are better remembered, than simply stating a set of facts. 

 

Emotional simulation is the foundation for empathy and is particularly powerful because it allows us to rapidly forecast if people around us are angry or kind, dangerous or safe, friend or foe. This keeps us safe but also allows us to rapidly form relationships. The ability to quickly form relationships allows humans to engage in the kinds of large-scale cooperation that builds massive bridges and sends humans into space.  

 

By knowing someone’s story—where they came from, what they do, and who you might know in common—relationships with strangers are formed. (Paul J. Zak)

 

 

  • Strategies for Conducting Qualitative Research

  • How Stories Change the Brain  

  • Storytelling as a Qualitative Method for IS Research: Heralding the Heroic and Echoing the Mythic

Relationships are formed by knowing someone's story, where they came from, what they've experienced along the way, and what they aspire to in the future.