Narratological Advising—What is it?
The presenters claim that we approach all advising interactions from a narratological perspective. Narrative is perhaps the main modality for coming understand the lives of our students and for them to come to understand us. Moreover, advisors can be thought of as creating “stories of education” for and with their advisees. We maintain that the enhancement of the narratological skills we already possess benefits both advisors and students.
Strictly Ballroom, an Australian film from 1992 can serve the purpose of having advisors focus together on enhancing their narratological skills. It shows by means of ballroom dancing how narratological practice applies to our advising lives. It tells the story of Scott Hastings, who is the heir apparent for the Pan Pacific Grand Prix of the Australian Federation of Ballroom Dancing, and his struggles to find his own steps.
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