Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

3. Understandings and Beliefs

Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

Barry Saferstein [+-]
California State University, San Marcos
Professor Barry Saferstein is a cognitive sociologist whose research interests include the effects of multimedia health information technology on clinical interaction; explanations and understandings of genetics and medical information in schools, science centres, and clinics; the application of digital technologies to qualitative research methods; and the construction of ideology through mediated and face-to-face interaction. His recent work examines how professional authority affects the development of understandings. He has also published studies of agenda setting activities and the interactional construction of ideology in television production settings.

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Chapter Three examines how coherent understandings evolve, the endurance of process narratives and frames of reference, and the difficulties of modifying process narratives by continuing analysis of Chapter Two’s genetics learning activities. The biology students’ initial process narratives and their interpretive drift toward a descriptive frame of reference affect the creation of a mistaken understanding of the computer simulation’s pattern of trait inheritance. The students commit to certain process narratives even when the teacher disputes them and a computer simulation provides counterevidence. The data show how the students’ interpretation activities and resulting process narratives produce a belief system that is difficult to change. The cognitive intertwining of process narratives and interpretation activities is why recall of a particular process narrative triggers recall of relevant frames of reference, and particular information resources—all of which combine to constitute an understanding or a belief.

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Saferstein, Barry . 3. Understandings and Beliefs. Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 75-114 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781845534363. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27834. Date accessed: 17 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27834. Nov 2016

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