World Making and Media

  • Ellen McCabe
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


This chapter discusses the role of narrative in human thought processes and social interaction. In exploring this concept the chapter investigates the implications of media for the manner in which we are drawn to describe and organise our lives. In this regard it gives significant consideration to the rise of print culture and its implications for this symbiotic process. The growth of digital culture is discussed in relation to this precedent and in particular its specific connotations for education. While expectations regarding language, form and medium continue to evolve the reluctance of education to embody such change leads many students to fail to see the relationship between educational texts and wider culture. Such a disjuncture calls into question not only the relevance of this educational approach but also has major implications for self-understanding. How then can we prepare students for full participation in contemporary society, as well as extensive realisation of the potential of individual abilities? Reflecting the evolving requirements of students with regard to technology and media is crucial for realigning formal learning contexts to contemporary perceptions and expectations of narrative.


Narrative theory Constructivist pedagogy Learning technologies Print culture Educational specialisation Media literacy Standardised education Digital culture The networked society Media and society Categorical thinking Post-truth Networked society Ambiguity online Filter bubble Echo chambers Media manipulation Regimented learning systems Educational reform 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen McCabe
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  1. 1.Huston School of Film & Digital MediaNational University of Ireland, GalwayGalwayIreland

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