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Narratives in Science

Narrative in Science — Science Learning and Communication

Cognitive linguistic and narratological studies of the conceptual structure of continuum physics have been under way at ACSS for a number of years. They demonstrate a few points that are important for the learning of science and for communicating science:




Center of Narrative in Science

A Center of Narrative in Science has been created in 2015. With the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics at ZHAW, and the ZHAW Foundation, an International Exploratory Workshop on Narrative in Science was held at Weissbad (Appenzell).

Our goals are to do fundamental research at the intersection of science and cognitive science — where narratology and science meet. We ask how the sciences of the human mind can help us understand the interaction between humans, the world around them, and the scientific and technical artefacts they create; and, in return, what this interaction tells us about the human mind.

The center is supported by a worldwide group of scholars interested in the same goals.


Fuchs H. U. (2015): From Stories to Scientific Models and Back: Narrative framing in modern macroscopic physics. International Journal of Science Education, 37(5-6), 934-957.